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500 West Trade (14 story apartments on site of former Polk Building)

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15 hours ago, Nick2 said:

Anyone know of they're planning on saving any of the facade? It would be great if they could and use it as a design element somewhere on whatever project ends up here.

I know they want to find some way to incorporate some sort of element of the building. At least thats what I was told a year or so ago.

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All talk. “Unfortunately at the end of the day it just was not economically feasible”

I’ll make a friendly wager that not a speck of dust of this remains when all is said and done. 

The indifference is apparent. 

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18 minutes ago, TheOneRJ said:

So what is being built here exactly? 

Nothing, they’re going to use that stretch of Trade as a setting for post-apocalyptic films.

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I would love to recaim some of the wood from the interior. I believe I read here on UP that it was originally a car showroom and so the floors were built extra stout. 

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1 hour ago, ricky_davis_fan_21 said:

15 floor apartment building :-(

I wish they could pay homage to the fact a historical brick building was here. Graham condos (although not the best looking) or something like SouthEnd station or whatever the twin tower SouthEnd office tower is called would’ve been a nice nod.  I know it won’t based on latest renderings but. 

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I would love to recaim some of the wood from the interior. I believe I read here on UP that it was originally a car showroom and so the floors were built extra stout. 

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In another Observer article, Northwood Ravin gives a somewhat unsatisfying answer to my question: 

Northwood Ravin won’t be preserving the Polk Building as part of the new development. Ravin said the building is in bad shape, with the facade crumbling away and major interior damage. Preserving and reusing it would be too costly to justify, Ravin said.

“It’s not something I take lightly,” Ravin said of saving the Polk Building, “But it’s easier to say, harder to do.”

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2 hours ago, JacksonH said:

So what exactly from that facade are they supposedly preserving?  All I see in that image is destruction.

None of it...

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