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Sign of Development

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, June 05, 2006, at 09:23PM
Future Development at 8th & Grand Eric Richardson [Flickr]

In my opinion, signs like this are the most exciting you're going to find Downtown.

Adaptive reuse is a very cool thing, but in a building conversion you have an existing structure that just looks gutted for months (or a year_s_) on end, finally emerging new.

With ground-up construction, though, you get to see something entirely new rise from nothing. The result can be good or bad, but it's fascinating to watch the structure grow.

This sign is on the parking lot on 8th Street between 8th and Olive. The 7th Street side of the block holds the Brockman and Coulter-Mandel buildings, but the entire expanse of blacktop is owned by Astani Enterprises and is slated for residential development. Astani just in the past weeks broke ground on the Concerto project at 9th/Flower. Could they be preparing to move equipment over to 8th & Grand next?

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