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What is your favorite building in need of renovation?

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In other threads mentioning the old brewery, truck depot, Blodgett building, and many others, people have mentioned "This is one of my favorites and I hoped that someone would save this building". So now I am asking, what are your favorite buildings that are in need of renovation?

For me, It is the white multistory on Fulton across from One Trick Pony. The elements of this building are so intriguing but at the least, it is in need of a face lift.

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I have two: 1) the Keeler Building, since I walk by it every day and wish it was something cool, and 2) the white building on Fulton and Division across from the empty lot that will be the new UICA.

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In other threads mentioning the old brewery, truck depot, Blodgett building, and many others, people have mentioned "This is one of my favorites and I hoped that someone would save this building". So now I am asking, what are your favorite buildings that are in need of renovation?

For me, It is the white multistory on Fulton across from One Trick Pony. The elements of this building are so intriguing but at the least, it is in need of a face lift.

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For me, It is the white multistory on Fulton across from One Trick Pony. The elements of this building are so intriguing but at the least, it is in need of a face lift.

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I think you're talking about the Loriane (sp) Building? Thats the name on the Fulton St side at least. Thats my #1 building and the Kendall building is my #2

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1. Rowe (Olds Manor)

2. Kendall Building

3. Keeler Building

4. The building between Richmond Stamp and Tannery Row

5. The "leaky" building on Commerce / Cherry

My list is getting smaller day-by-day, which is very cool!

Joe

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Man...so many to choose from.

1) Cell tower building -- out of towners see it when going through DT, and it is awful looking

2) JA building. I thought about the Keeler building, but this building has more of an effect on Fulton & Division and people's perception from this gate to the center city.

3) Rowe Hotel

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The hideous, windowless charcoal gray granite "law office" at the corner of Diamond and Cherry. Chris Knape did a story recently on the willful blindness of the guy who runs/owns the place. Where's a Molotov coctkail when you need one?

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The hideous, windowless charcoal gray granite "law office" at the corner of Diamond and Cherry. Chris Knape did a story recently on the willful blindness of the guy who runs/owns the place. Where's a Molotov coctkail when you need one?

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Man...so many to choose from.

1) Cell tower building -- out of towners see it when going through DT, and it is awful looking

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former A&P Warehouse as in The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company

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1) Cell tower building

2) The Bicycle Factory

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Thank you Zen...I see this every day and wonder what that guy is thinking. He filled in the glass windows with dark gray brick and installed a steel door years back, and hasn't done ANYTHING to maintain the building (graffiti there from who knows when)

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Oops - actually, my favorite would be the Keeler Building. It was in great shape on the inside in the late '60s and early '70s. It was cool to have an elevator old enough that we actually had an elevator operator who doubled as the "Avon Lady"!

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Larry Woods is a criminal attorney that deals with high profile criminals that "don't want to be seen". Hence, the decor of his building.

Why he can't do that elsewhere is another question.

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IIRC, the address is 100 Commerce, I forget the sign on the front of it, but its just across from Cooley law school something "tools"

In fact just about everything on commerce, including the street itself is in dire need of an overhaul.

edit: 200 commerce...

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Commerce has some great potential on that street, thats for sure! Lots of little abandoned buildings with lots of character!

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Old Manor, definately.

I'd also really like to see the JA Building and the Kendall building fixed up. I think, that those two buildings combined with the future UICA and a re-do of the sidewalk outside the Kendall building could really be what it takes to turn MonroeC & Division from the 'end' of downtown to a halfway point. Every time I walk down MonroeC and I get there, I just imagine that people would turn around and head back. Fix that area up, and I bet you people would start venturing down Division.

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1. Nasty S-curve cell tower buidling... I'm thinking hanging gardens of Babylon... replace the tower with a mature maple, fill in with arborvitae, creeping wall cover... so many ways to make a statement with this building. An easy positive landmark. Is it still structurally sound??? It looks like it has a lot of hodge-podge window fill and mortar??

2. JA building How this hasn't been redone is beyond me. Wasn't there talk a while back about "finishing the original prints" making it a 6 story per the '50's drawings? It's great the "zero's" on our address grid have am empty lot, an unoccupied delopidated gem, and a near windowless GRPD.

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What is this Old Manor and Kendal building that people keep mentioning. I don

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What is this Old Manor and Kendal building that people keep mentioning. I don

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Oh, I forgot! The Harris on S. Division.

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