Under Construction: Get an inside look at construction on the old McCrory’s building
by: Brian Sharp
Signs on the wall still proclaimed “Low, low prices everyday!” or directed visitors to domestics, hardware, housewares and pets in the basement. Intricate tilework was revealed behind drywall. And a new view of downtown opened up as the bricked-over face of the building was torn away.
On Tuesday, we plan to take you inside 200 E. Main St., for the first installment in our Under Construction live tour of downtown construction projects. Project developers will lead the walk-throughs, explaining their plans and taking viewer questions.
Head over to the D&C Facebook page at 11:30 a.m.Tuesday.
Future visits will provide a look inside Sibley Square, and a walk along the East Main Street improvement project.
At 200 E. Main St., plans are for the Social Security Administration to fill the upper floors, while the city’s Municipal Parking and newly formed Traffic Violations Agency (traffic court) will take the basement, leaving the street level for a yet-to-be-determined use.
“We are going to wait and see what the market does for a little bit, see what turns up next spring,” said developer Lewis Norry.
City Council is considering a 20-year lease with optional renewals. The first-year lease payment would be $195,000, and build out of the space is projected at $1.2 million. Together, the city and federal offices could bring more than 750 people per day to the building, Mayor Lovely Warren wrote in a memo to City Council.