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Is there finally something happening to that building next to Reynolds and Sons?

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I saw that in addition to the fence around the entrance that seems to have been there forever, there were a couple of workers on a tall lift doing something to one of the upper story windows.

I know this is one of those buildings owned by basically a local slum-lord looking for a unreasonable payday, but perhaps he has seen the light in a depressed real-estate market and finally cashed out?

I did notice that the For Sale sign in the window didnt have a sold sticker on it.

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I know this is one of those buildings owned by basically a local slum-lord looking for a unreasonable payday, but perhaps he has seen the light in a depressed real-estate market and finally cashed out?

If history is any indication Jim is doing just enough to keep himself out of court for demolition by neglect. Don't count any much happening beyond this.

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So many have tried and failed to make a go of Kendell building. Unfortunately the economics of it dosent work. It will take someone with deep pockets who will want to do it for the sake of cleaning up that spot, with the hope they can recoup later down the road. If this doesn’t happen, the building will implode on itself soon. It's such a great building, what a shame.

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It looked like today they were securing some bricks on the facade. As Nitro said, probably to avoid liability from falling bricks. The worst part is, the DDA is waiting for someone to do something with this building and the underground areaway in front of it before they rebuild that promenade. Sad too because that area is in BAD shape. The whole thing needs a makeover, even the perimeter concrete walls along the park. Yuck.

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It looked like today they were securing some bricks on the facade. As Nitro said, probably to avoid liability from falling bricks. The worst part is, the DDA is waiting for someone to do something with this building and the underground areaway in front of it before they rebuild that promenade. Sad too because that area is in BAD shape. The whole thing needs a makeover, even the perimeter concrete walls along the park. Yuck.

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It is just an incredibly difficult building. It isn't just the cost of the building and the renovation either.

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It is just an incredibly difficult building. It isn't just the cost of the building and the renovation either.

For one thing it isn't on a real street, it's on the remaining stub of the old Monroe Center pedestrian mall. I guess the same could be said of Reynolds and Sons, but they're just one retail business, not an entire building looking for residential or office tenants.

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I doubt that you could give this building away for free. I cannot fathom why the city does not make it so expensive for Azzar to continue to hold this crap that he is forced to sell it. How in the world is he not getting fined to death over this thing? Or perhaps he is and he just doesn't care? It makes no sense to me why the guy doesn't just dump the miserable piece of junk to stop the bleeding. No one in their right mind would ever pay money for this thing with the other stuff available nearby that is in much better condition and at far more reasonable prices.

It is just an incredibly difficult building. It isn't just the cost of the building and the renovation either.

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Nitro and I toured this building a few years ago. It has potential as residential, and probably nothing else. Not even the ground floor would make good retail, for reasons mentioned already (primarily lack of parking).

I agree that the city needs to start fining building owners for blatant lack of maintenance.

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Nitro and I toured this building a few years ago.

Remember that creepy elevator?

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Nitro and I toured this building a few years ago. It has potential as residential, and probably nothing else. Not even the ground floor would make good retail, for reasons mentioned already (primarily lack of parking).

I agree that the city needs to start fining building owners for blatant lack of maintenance.

I had a dream once that a McDonalds went in the ground floor and a normal McD's one of those interesting ones like in Europe.. History of GR all over the place and stuff.... I feel like McD's wouldnt need parking...

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There used to be a McDonalds in the basement of the McKay Tower. Not sure why they left, but it's possible they may not even be interested in the downtown core.

The children's museum is immediately next door, isn't it? (Or is Reynold's between the two?) If the children's museum ever felt the need to expand, would the Kendall building be suitable?

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Remember that creepy elevator?

Oh yeah. I thought it was cool. :shades:

I had a dream once that a McDonalds went in the ground floor and a normal McD's one of those interesting ones like in Europe.. History of GR all over the place and stuff.... I feel like McD's wouldnt need parking...

I think a McDonald's today only needs a drive thru.

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