Three Years Later, Development in South Downtown?

By: Mr. Wilson on April 2, 2009
Three years after we first heard about it, could we finally see development on the block south of the Gold's building currently occupied in its entirety by a parking lot? It's possible. Of course, major Downtown projects have a long, sad history of coming in far (far) below expectations -- or not happening at all -- so forgive me if I don't jump up and down just yet. Still, just for the record, here's what the $45 million project might include:
  • A hotel
  • 120 residential rental units
  • 500-600 vehicle parking facility
  • Restaurant/entertainment complex
Not bad, right? I'm particularly intrigued by the fact that the residential units are rentals, rather than owner-occupied units. I suspect there's a very good market for that, especially being right next to the 11th Street bus stop. I'm also generally interested in the fact that the development occurs in the oft-forgotten south side of downtown. It's not on P or Q Street, it's not in the Haymarket, and it's not near Antelope Valley. That makes it a bit of an outcast. Not in a bad way, I don't think. Anyway, I'm crossing my fingers. I will be extraordinarily pleased if digging begins within a year.


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April 2, 2009 at 2:45PM

Saint Paul United Methodist Church did such a great job integrating its new addition into the architecture of its 100-year-old building, I hope the developers of the new construction take the extra expense of incorporating a complementary design in their project.

Better be careful what I wish for. They could always choose to complement the Night Before’s motif with the neon dancers. 😊

April 2, 2009 at 3:35PM

Are the RK brothers involved? No? Maybe it’s got a chance…

April 2, 2009 at 3:38PM

That was supposed to be WRK. Sorry.

jake rhymes with cake
April 2, 2009 at 5:22PM

i vote for the restaurant & entertainment option.

Dave K
April 2, 2009 at 6:04PM

Admit it, Fletch ... you want them to get involved so that you see their picture in the guaranteed ensuing LJS stories.

West A Dad
April 2, 2009 at 6:55PM

but I vote for a parking garage designed to look like a Polynesian village.  With a tiki bar of course that serves Pu Pu platters.

April 3, 2009 at 1:44AM

I like your vision, son.

April 3, 2009 at 1:55PM

They need to include a large grocery store.

West A Dad
April 3, 2009 at 4:26PM

Used to be one on the north side of the Gold’s building back in the day. 
The downtown residents would appreciate one again.

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