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Mariah McKay


I've driven past that building a million times and thought to myself "Gee, wouldn't it be nice if they'd just . . . "

But no, apparently not. Where could one find a boiler plate cost run down for a developer looking to renovate an old building for residence or office space? Is it REALLY that outrageously expensive? Is there no thrifty way to get things done right? No incentives that would motivate a little more vision on behalf of developers?

Lastly, who owns this property? I'm taking them off of my Christmas list!


I'm curious why developers have yet to realize that the extra money they would spend actually rennovating something pays off in neighborhood goodwill, timeless design that continues to provide value (and increased tenancy) over time, and a project that the developer can thrust into the face of anyone who says they "never build anything different." They simply love to build crappy, boring buildings over the bones of the old. Someone please tell me why.

Kay Stoltz

That is not on 2nd and Adams. Several buildings have been renovated and several remain to be renovated west of Monroe. It is a shame to see these old buildings torn down. I agree with the former comments. We certainly don't need any more parking lots.

Kitty Klitzke

While I don't know why most developers don't seem concern themselves with innovation, good design, and neighborhood good will, not to mention any kind of benefit to the community at all and their own reputations over the long term. (Though many of them are low key, have no connection to the community whatsoever and aren't headquartered nearby.) I do know that many of them simply don't know how to do these things, even if they are cost effective for developers of intriguing projects like those of RenCorp, Wells and Company and the like.
Without both incentives to "motivate a little more vision on behalf of developers" better planning, zoning and design standards to mandate good design and preservation of existing community character assets, we can have little hope the average developers will take interest in learning, or hiring more highly skilled architects and contractors. With standards and incentives in place perhaps we could even mandate education requirements for people in these professions if we want more attractive communities.


Well, that just sucks. I hate seeing history demolished in favor of the plastic future.

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