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    Davenport revitalization: ‘East 2nd Street is going to look completely different’ – Muscatine Journal - September 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    It's a membership-based cigar lounge that also is open to the public. It's open daily, and members have their own key fob for 24-hour access. "It has the feeling of a very upscale, cozy, inviting place to spend time," Stopulos said.

    "There's just a lot going on," he said, summing up projects in the works in downtown Davenport.

    And because several of these projects are geared toward experiences rather than shopping, "it's going to be a totally different retail experience," he said.

    "It really is making East Second Street a destination experience."

    Because all of the projects are scheduled for 2021 openings, Stopulos expects they will tap into a lot of pent-up demand for something to do after months of COVID-19 restrictions.

    As Carter said: "A year from now, downtown Davenport is going to look a lot different."

    If you like craft beer and haven't been to Geneseo, Illinois, since the Lionstone brewery closed, you owe it to yourself to go for a drive.

    New owner Richard Schwab has changed the business so much you'll hardly recognize it, beginning with the name, which is Great Revivalist Brew Lab.

    The "lab" refers to its specialization in micro brews currently 24 on tap and that it offers the public the opportunity to use its equipment to make their own beer which Great Revivalist will put in a keg or in cans.

    Schwab sees this as a great opportunity for people to make their own beer for special occasions such as weddings or 21st birthdays or, really, anytime.

    As for its own micro brews, it emphasizes "crazy, different, off-the-wall" beers, Schwab said. Last week he was working on one that incorporates toasted bread. For those with more conventional tastes, he sells Pabst Blue Ribbon and Hamm's.

    The brew lab also offers what he describes as an "upscale but affordable, family-friendly" food menu, with such offerings as woodfire pizza and smoked brisket.

    In addition to beer, Schwab has added homemade sodas, such as grape, orange, cream and ginger beer all of which taste great over ice cream, he points out.

    The decor is all different, too, beginning with the planting of hops a key ingredient in beer all around the outside of the building to create an out-in-the-country feel.

    In redecorating, he used wood salvaged from a barn in West Branch, Iowa, and there is a gazebo made from an actual grain bin that overlooks Geneseo Creek.

    Because of restrictions surrounding COVID-19 that may be around for awhile, he has built a 25x65-foot patio in back for outdoor dining. He also is installing greenhouse like structures around tables with a fire pit so that they can be used even when weather turns cold.

    There also are igloos.

    And because the dining is outside, it's also dog-friendly.

    Another touch was the hiring of a local artist to create a mural in the back.

    Even more than a brewery or restaurant, Schwab wants to make his business "a destination location for Geneseo."

    "We're very proud of what we're doing."

    Schwab is a former telephone and cable company executive from Seattle who decided about two years ago to leave the corporate world to start his own business.

    The brew lab is located off Interstate 80 at 122 S. Oakwood Ave. The phone number is 309-944-5466.

    In addition, Schwab is buying the Great River Brewery in Davenport and hopes to re-open it it's been closed since the 2019 Mississippi River flood in early 2021 as the Great Revivalist Brewery.

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    8 (more) noteworthy multifamily projects to debut in 2020 – Building Design + Construction - September 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Argyle Gardens provides 72 units of affordable housing for formerly homeless individuals and low-income residents of Portland, Ore. The modular construction offers a co-housing approach and small unit sizes to achieve development costs 31% below typical affordable housing projects. The project consists of four buildings oriented around a central outdoor space. The largest building encapsulates 36 studio apartment units, plus a large community space with laundry facilities and support service offices. The three co-housing buildings use the single room occupancy model and feature two six-bedroom pods, each of which has two shared bathrooms and a kitchen. The project team: Transition Projects (sponsor); Housing Development Center (development consultant); Holst Architecture (architect); All Structure (SE); KPFF (CE); MFIA (mechanical engineer); Sarnata (electrical engineer); Acoustic Design Studio (acoustics); Earth Advantage (sustainability consultant); (landscape architect); MODS PDX (modular design and construction); and Walsh Construction Co. (GC).

    Lead architect SCB (Solomon Cordwell Buenz) assigned San Franciscobased Surfacedesign to conceive the landscape features for Anaha, a 40-story condominium tower in Honolulu for The Howard Hughes Corporation. The 317-unit residential structure has a cantilevered glass-bottom pool sticking out at the 7th floor deck and a lobby with the largest living wall in Hawaii, 15 feet high by 80 feet wide, composed of more than 8,000 native plants. Other team members: Benjamin Woo Architects (AOR), Brownlie & Lee (landscape architectural assistance), Takano Nakamura Landscaping (landscape contractor), Green Living Technologies (green wall), Pacific Aquascapes (swimming pool contractor), and Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc. (GC).

    McShane Construction Company completed 1100 Apex, recycling an abandoned 15-story office building into 134 apartment and townhome residences in downtown Clearwater, Fla., for GSP Development. McShane used its design-build MEP/FP approach to save $2.6 million in construction materials costs. The complex has a clubhouse, fitness center, putting green, pool, outdoor lounge area with grills, a fire pit, private cabanas, a 202-space parking deck, and 4,300 sf of retail space. Kimmich Smith Architecture was the designer.

    Cuningham Group (architecture, concept design, interior design) and Mortenson Development delivered Rafter, a 283-unit luxury apartment community in Northeast Minneapolis, a neighborhood marked by historic buildings, a hip art scene, and yes, rafters of wild turkeys. The 26-story, 407,530-sf, pet-friendly enterprise has studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans, including penthouse options, plus a dog wash station and a seven-story, 279-space attached parking structure.

    The Residences of Crystal Lake, a 63,000-sf affordable independent senior living facility in Crystal Lake, Ill., 50 miles northwest of Chicago. Its 48 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units include six ADA-accessible units, 12 adaptable units, and two sensory units ( The project team for developers DKI and TH Associates: UrbanWorks (architect), Groundwork (CE), and Skender (GC).

    At five stories, 17 West, designed by Stantec (AOR/interior designer for common areas) and Touzet Studio, has 23 apartments (one to three bedrooms), a pooltop deck, 193 parking spaces, and the first Trader Joes grocery in Miami Beach, Fla. The developers: Turnberry Associates, Elion Partners, and the Sredni family. Grycon was the GC.

    Meta Housing Corporation and Studio One Eleven have adapted a 1965 office building into 100% affordable studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom live-work lofts, plus 10 new two- and three-bedroom townhomes near the Santa Ana, Calif., arts district. The $15 million, 58-unit Santa Ana Arts Collective offers art, dance, and music studios and an art gallery. Units range from 512 to 1,300 sf. Ten apartments have rents ranging from $448 to $666/month; the rest are priced from $1,345 to $1,998/month. Westport Construction was the GC.

    KWA Construction (GC) and Studio A Architecture (architect) completed The Village at Rayzor Ranch, a 300-unit luxury apartment community at Rayzor Ranch Town Center, a walkable 400-acre planned development in Denton, Texas. Developer EPC Real Estate Group offers tenants complimentary concierge services, a resort-style pool, bocce courts, cornhole boards, a massage/sauna spa, a fitness/yoga studio, coworking studios, a dog park/grooming station, and, most notably, pickleball courts.

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    Affordable Housing Project Announced for 2856 Webster Avenue and 410 Bedford Park Boulevard in The Bronx – New York YIMBY - September 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Earlier this week, the New York Botanical Gardens and Douglaston Development announced a collaboration to complete two new affordable housing projects in The Bronxs Bedford Park. The buildings will take shape near the northwest corner of the New York Botanical Gardens at 2856 Webster Avenue and 410 Bedford Park Boulevard.

    Designed by Stephen B. Jacobs Group, both properties will debut as 100-percent affordable housing properties. Together, the projects will introduce 450 units reserved for low-income seniors and low- to moderate-income households in Bronx Community District 7. The district includes the Bedford Park, Fordham, Kingsbridge Heights, Norwood, and University Heights neighborhoods.

    With a 40-year development track record in the New York City area and beyond, weve seen the critical need for more affordable housing options in our city, especially for our senior population, said Jeffrey Levine, chairman of Douglaston Development. Were thrilled to be joining forces and visions with The New York Botanical Garden on this project, an institution with roots in The Bronx community dating back 129 years to provide this vital housing resource to the community.

    Phase one of the collaborative development will break ground at 2856 Webster Avenue. Components will include 188 units of affordable housing for seniors earning up to 50 percent of the area median income (AMI), with an additional 12,000 square feet of ground-floor area for a grocery store.

    The first phase is expected to wrap construction by 2022.

    The second phase at 410 Bedford Park Boulevard will include up to 260 affordable rental units for individuals and families earning between 30 and 100 percent of AMI. Up to 8,000 square feet of the lower level will support community retail space.

    The rendering illustrates an orthodox massing and design with a mix of light and dark gray curtain wall and an irregular grid of windows. The ground level features a floor-to-ceiling glass faade.

    At this time, the project team has not revealed when phase two is expected to open.

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    Port Chester project called a ‘detriment to nearby properties’ is rejected – CT Insider - September 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The controversial Tarry Lighthouse project proposed for downtown Port Chester, N.Y., would be highly compatible with the district, the attorney for the developers said.

    But Byram resident Al Shehadi disagreed, saying, The scale and bulk of this building is completely incongruent with the rest of downtown.

    Ultimately, the Port Chester Zoning Board of Appeals shut down the project, voting 3-2 on Thursday night to turn down a request for six variances for the plan.

    The plan had called for construction of a seven-story building with 242 apartment units and retail space on North Main Street, just blocks from the Greenwich border. It would have been built at the site of the now-closed Tarry Lodge, a once-popular restaurant, near the Mill Street bridge into the Greenwich neighborhood of Byram.

    I feel the variances are substantial and will change the character of the neighborhood, said Evelyn Petrone, the ZBA chairwoman.

    The development team was seeking six variances from the villages zoning code in the latest version of its plan. The project had been heavily criticized by Port Chester village residents as well as residents of the Byram section of Greenwich, who were concerned about additional traffic the project could draw as well as a change of community character.

    Art D'Estrada, another ZBA member, said he believed the project would have been a detriment to nearby properties. The streets around the site are already choked with traffic, DEstrada said.

    Greenwich residents and public officials had criticized the application by developer David Mann, saying traffic conditions would worsen along the Mill Street corridor in the Byram neighborhood.

    The application had been under review for over a year-and-a-half. The planned construction, which would have called for tearing down a row of older buildings on North Main Street as well as the former Tarry Lodge, was first proposed in February 2019 as a nine-story project.

    The latest version of the project had called for a variance to construct the seven-story building in an area that allows buildings of only up to six stories tall. Variances were also needed for a number of facade and design features that did not meet the village zoning code.

    The attorney representing the developers, Tony Gioffre, said the project was highly compatible with the Port Chester downtown district and would add vitality to the community.

    Shehadi, the Byram resident, said the building was too tall for the surrounding area, which are largely one or two-stories in height.

    Adding traffic at one of the worst choke points in the village is going to add a detriment to all residents, Shehadi said, adding that would set a bad precedent for future development.

    Connecticut State Rep. Stephen Meskers, who represents the Byram area, said that approval of the project would have created a more urban environment for the village. I dont know if White Plains is the model you want, but its your call for the character of downtown Port Chester, he said.

    Traffic was also a major concern for nearby Greenwich residents, which also raised a safety issue, Meskers said.

    Carol McMillan, a representative from an advocacy group called Sustainable Port Chester Alliance, said the project contributes virtually nothing to our community. She characterized the proposed building as excessively tall.

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    Real Estate Investments in the Time of COVID-19 – Wealth Daily - September 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Kanye West isnt exactly a trusted source of financial advice, but he has done very well for himself and is a very effective communicator. He recently tweeted this:

    Mr. West brings up an interesting point. Like almost every other asset class, real estate investments have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, in a June survey of more than 340 real estate investors conducted by MyHouseDeals, more than 40% had a negative outlook on the market in the next year.

    But as legendary value investor John Templeton once said, The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy. The aforementioned rapper might be onto something in recommending real estate investments during such a dark period for the industry.

    Where can real estate investors find value during a strange time like this? Lets take a look at some real estate investment trusts (REITs) that could actually benefit from the current situation...

    The self-storage industry had been on a tear before the COVID-19 pandemic; construction spending in the sector increased by more than 500% in the last five years according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Plus, the industry appears to be shrugging off the virus perhaps even profiting from it. Self-storage has been classified as an essential business by even the most strictly quarantined jurisdictions, and theres lots of demand for it.

    According to a recent survey of 2,000 young adults by TD Ameritrade, a whopping 39% of adults aged 24 to 29 are either already living with their parents because of COVID-19 or plan to move back home because of it, and all of their stuff has to go somewhere.

    These factors explain why storage rents have actually increased in select markets like Pittsburgh, Charleston, and Columbus over the summer months, while most kinds of rents are in freefall.

    Storage REITs like Public Storage (NYSE: PSA) and Extra Space Storage (NYSE: EXR) provide exposure to this red-hot industry.

    As we all know, one consequence of COVID-19 is that work has moved online for many people. I, for example, am writing this article from my apartment and not from Angel Publishings offices.

    Thats bad news for the office segment of the real estate sector but good news for the data center segment. After all, the huge surge in remote work has led to a significant strain on the servers that host popular websites and web services.

    According to network intelligence firm ThousandEyes, the weekly number of network outages around the world broke records in February and March a sign that many sites and services are reaching their physical capacity and will need to buy or build more server space to keep up with demand.

    Fortunately, theres a special kind of REIT that invests specifically in server warehouses. Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR) and CyrusOne (NYSE: CONE) both give investors exposure to the extremely in-demand properties that house the equipment powering the burgeoning work-from-home internet.

    E-commerce is another major winner of the economic disruption caused by COVID-19. According to e-commerce services firm Signifyd, online sales surged by 40% in the last five days of May when compared to the last five days of February.

    And in its most recent quarter, Amazons revenue surged 40% year over year the strongest quarter of revenue growth since 2018. Some analysts think it could hit $100 billion in sales next quarter.

    Once again, this is bad news for certain parts of the real estate market like retail space but good news for others, like warehouse space.

    Luckily, you can buy REITs that specifically invest in the warehouses used for e-commerce fulfillment. Stag Industrial (NYSE: STAG) and Prologis (NYSE: PLD) both count Amazon among their largest tenants.

    As you can see, theres still value to be had in real estate investments during these strange times if you know where to look.

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    Yorktown reports wave of new interest in development. Find out why – The Journal News - September 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Yorktown Town Supervisor Matt Slater talks about pursuing the creation of zoning overlay districts in the town Sept. 16, 2020. Rockland/Westchester Journal News

    YORKTOWN Interest in bringingnew development here has come alive, the town supervisorsaid, now that Yorktownis consideringa tool that's become atrend to revitalization in northern Westchester County.

    Generally known asan overlay district, it provides flexibility fromsome zoning rules and processes, butin a targeted locationwithin, say, a downtown business area.

    The former automotive repair building in the Shrub Oak section of Yorktown Sept. 16, 2020. Yorktown officials are pursuing the creation zoning overlay districts.(Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

    Were getting some real, real interest in it I met today with two different groups who are looking to invest in (the) town, and they point right to the development districts," Town Supervisor Matt Slater said recently. In general, he added, in meetinginterested parties "we've had conversations from mixed-use to commercial, to recreational. So it really is running the gamut."

    Town officials would not divulge who they're talking to, but Slater said the interestincludes the Lake Osceola area ofthe Jefferson Valley hamlet.

    Were very excited about that, he said.

    Town Board member Alice Roker said at a recent board meeting she knows ofsomeonewho has expressed interestin the Bear Mountain Triangle, an area bordered by Crompond Road, the Bear Mountain Parkway Extension and Taconic State Parkway.

    He wants to get us to move this along so he can come and present something, she said.

    YORKTOWN: Town pushes itself as lifestyle and business destination in COVID-19 world

    OVERLAY:Mount Kisco gets preliminary OK on $4.7M tax incentives for downtown housing, retail

    YORKTOWN: Residentsurvives COVID-19, month-long coma, and dreams of home

    The town's proposed overlay district legislation is under review and will eventually go to a public hearing.


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    Town officials announced the potential foroverlays in the business districts of various hamlets, such as Yorktown Heights, Jefferson Valley, Crompond, Mohegan Lake, and Shrub Oak.Coupled with a new Destination Y branding campaign Yorktown: Up where you belong! is the slogan the marketing effort seeks investment, from small businesses to mixed-use development. Potential goals include:

    Around the region, others are looking to overlay districts.

    In Mount Kisco, a longtime shopping and restaurant hub, village officials approved an overlay district forvillage-owned land that includes portions of parkingareas nearthe downtown train station. Theyve been exploring something sizable for the site, havinglined up developers Gotham Organization and Charter Realty Developmentas well as the architectural firm Beyer Blinder Bellewith conceptual renderings of what would be called Kirby Commons. It calls for:

    A conceptual rendering of mixed-use, transit-oriented development that Mount Kisco is exploring(Photo: Thompson and Bender)

    "We continue to move forward with the Kirby Commons project," said Mount Kisco Mayor Gina Picinich. "We are working on the contract."

    At the recent village trustees meeting, a business owner said officials should consider how muchconstruction of the development, if it moves forward, would affect existing businesses and people coming to them,and she urged holding forums to give more information and hear comments.

    A public hearing on the zoningproposal is set for Oct. 5.

    In Ossining, village officials are working with a consultant on Ossining Tomorrow, which could include establishing overlay zonesdowntown and in the Croton Avenue corridor. Mayor Victoria Gearity said in her recent email message to residents the potential approach could create "a more walkable and inviting business district."

    Yorktown Town Supervisor Matt Slater standing in front of the former K-Mart store in the Yorktown Green Shopping Center Sept. 16, 2020. Yorktown officials are pursuing the creation zoning overlay districts(Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

    The reasons underlying northern Westchester'soverlay district trend:

    The former Kmart in Yorktown Green Shopping Center in Yorktown Heights Dec. 18, 2019.(Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

    The YorktownGreen Shopping Center is onesymbol of the change in fortunes: The plaza's former Food Emporium has sat dormant for more than a decade and the Kmart recently exited.

    Meanwhile, amid COVID-19, there are reports that many people and perhaps corporationsare exiting New York Cityfor social distancing in the suburbs, bringing potential to Yorktown.

    The Journal News/lohud contacted severaldevelopers who do northern Westchester projects to see if they'reamong those expressing interest in Yorktown. Two of them, Ginsburg Development Companies which has builtapartments and restaurants in rivertowns such as Ossining and Peekskill and New Jersey-based Ridgewood Real Estate Partners, which has a development proposalin Briarcliff Manor, said they have nothing in the works in Yorktown. Others didnt respond toJournal News/lohud inquiries.

    Slater said he and John Tegeder, the town planning director, have beenfielding calls for potential projects.

    And its clear that the overlay zones are very enticing, Slater said. We want to continue to move the conversation forward.

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    Congress Theater Developer Hit With $24 Million Foreclosure Lawsuit: Report – Block Club Chicago - September 1, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    LOGAN SQUARE A developer with big plans to overhaul the dilapidated Congress Theater has been hit with a $24 million foreclosure lawsuit.

    The lawsuit, first reported by Crains Chicago, could spell trouble for the developers multi-million-dollar redevelopment project, which aims to bring the 1920s-era landmark theater back to life.

    According to Crains, the lawsuit was filed by Los Angeles-based lender AEG Worldwide, an entertainment and sports promoter whose holdings include the Los Angeles Lakers and the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Moyer borrowed money from AEG to redevelop the Congress.

    In the lawsuit, filed last month, AEG alleges Michael Moyer, the developer behind the redevelopment project, defaulted on $14 million in loans on the property nearly four years ago, Crains reported.

    Over time, the loans resulted in another $10 million in fees and interest. The total amount AEG alleges Moyer owes is $23.9 million, according to Crains.

    The lawsuit is being made public after months of inactivity at the site that has had neighbors and elected officials questioning if the project is actually moving forward.

    Moyer bought the old movie palace for $16 million in 2015 with the goal of bringing it back to its former glory. At the time, then-1st Ward Ald. Joe Moreno said Moyer would re-establish its reputation as one of the finest music venues in the nation.

    In 2018, a couple years after AEG alleges Moyer defaulted on $14 million in loans, the developer received city approvalfor the restoration project, which called for a total overhaul of the theater and the construction of a 30-room hotel, 14 affordable apartments and16,000 square feet of retail space in the surrounding 160,000-square-foot theater building, as well as the construction of a 72-unit residential building next door.

    Also in 2018, Moyerscored $9.7 million in Tax Increment Finance dollarstoward the multi-million-dollar project, but Crains reports that he never actually received the money and was unable to raise the rest of the funds needed for the redevelopment project, which has been said to cost up to $96 million.

    Attempts to reach Moyer Tuesday were unsuccessful.

    This is not the first time the Congress has been wrapped up in a foreclosure lawsuit. Former owner Erineo Eddie Carranzawas threatened with foreclosure in 2012 after defaulting on a $4 million loan.

    In 2013, the Congress was shut down by the city after gettingslapped with a string of code violations.

    The closure came after a series of crimes that occurredin and around the theater during shows, includingthe rape of a 14-year-old girl.As a result, the theaters former music genre of choice,electronic dance music, or EDM,was banned for all current and future owners.

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    Joint Venture Receives $65M in Construction Financing for Student Housing Community Near University of Florida – REBusinessOnline - September 1, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Communal amenities at the 604-bed student housing complex will include ground floor retail space, outdoor courtyards, pools, private study lounges, a clubroom and a fitness center.

    GAINESVILLE, FLA. A joint venture between 908 Group, Scannell Properties and Atlantic American Partners has received $65 million in construction financing for an unnamed development of a 604-bed student housing community near the University of Florida in Gainesville. First Merchants Bank, First Financial Bank and Old National Bank provided the construction loan for the community. TSB Capital Advisors acted as special advisor in the financing. The project will offer a mix of one-, two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom units with bed-to-bath parity. Communal amenities will include ground-floor retail space, outdoor courtyards, pools, private study lounges, a clubroom and a fitness center. The community is scheduled for completion in fall 2022. Humphreys & Partners designed the asset, and Arco-Murray is the general contractor. Houston-based multifamily operator Asset Living will manage the community upon completion.

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    Work progressing on 111 Building – Fenton Tri County Times - September 1, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    First it was the Cornerstone building that changed the landscape of downtown Fenton in 2014. Then it was the Horizon Building that brought more retail space and parking to the corner of N. LeRoy Street and Silver Lake Road in 2018.

    Now, residents who visit downtown are watching the newest development on the corner of W. Caroline Street and S. LeRoy Street, the 111 Building.

    Ghassan Saab, project manager of the 111 Building, said construction is going great.

    Since weve picked back up, weve been making great progress, he said. The building is almost completely enclosed. Once thats done, well begin work on the apartments and common areas.

    They were forced to halt work on the four-story building due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home orders in March. Construction resumed in May.

    The shutdown, of course, threw a wrench in everyones plans. We had to re-work the schedule and make other job site modifications, but otherwise work on the site is business as usual, he said.

    The projected completion date is March 2021. Saab said as long as the building is enclosed, they can work on the inside throughout the winter, and then be ready to open in March.

    As of today (Monday, Aug. 31), we just need to install the first-floor windows and doors and well be completely enclosed and ready for the colder weather, he said.

    Corlin Builders is the developer for the project, and Sorenson Gross is the general contractor. Once completed, there will be approximately 40 parking spots in the lot for public use, minus the 14 used by residents.

    The building will be four stories and 10,000 square feet per floor. Everything in this building, including office, retail and the 14 apartments on the third and fourth floors will be leased.

    The pandemic hurt restaurants and retail spaces when they were forced to close. When asked what he thinks about Fenton closing certain streets at certain times on Thursdays and Fridays to allow businesses to use that space for customers, Saab said, I think its a great idea. Restaurant floor space is hard to come by and outdoor space is premium, so I love seeing the restaurants take advantage.

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    $180M in construction will bring more residents & visitors to downtown Knoxville – - September 1, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    At least nine large development projects are underway in downtown that include condos, apartments, and restaurants.

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn The COVID-19 pandemic isn't stopping the further development of downtown Knoxville.

    Right now, more than $180 million dollars is being invested in new condominiums, apartments, restaurants, offices and hotel renovations.

    The city expects it to lead to another thousand people living in downtown by next summer, and developers don't plan to slow down.

    Were very bullish about downtown. Were not looking at short-term development were looking at 20 to 50 years. So if theres a little blip in the economy, thats OK, well continue on about our business, said Tim Hill, co-owner of Hatcher-Hill Properties, which is managing two current construction projects.

    Tax incentives are helping some of the developers transform downtown.

    Development projects face different sets of circumstances, said Deputy to the Mayor Stephanie Welch, the Citys Chief Economic and Community Development Officer. Some, like the mixed-use development under construction at the former state Supreme Court site, are so challenging, its almost impossible to envision them happening without some help from the City to close the financing gap and make these projects viable."

    The city has details on nine projects currently underway in downtown Knoxville here. They include:

    The Overlookwill be a six-story condominium building with great views of the Tennessee River and Henley Bridge. It's being built on what was an empty gravel lot on Hill Ave. and is expected to open later this year.

    The old State Supreme Court site will be transformed into a mixed-use development including a 237-unit apartment community, short-term rentals, and some retail. It's expected to open in early 2022.

    The building that housed the old NV and Bowery nightclubs in the Old City at 125 E. Jackson Ave.will be transformed into two restaurants and two office suites and will also feature a courtyard/entertainment patio.

    Stockyard Lofts will be a six-story, 152-unit apartment building on Willow Ave. in the Old City. It will also have 5,000 square feet of retail space at ground level.

    The City House Town Homes on Vine Ave. is nearing completion. It will add seven 3,000 square foot condos to downtown living options. Each one includes a rooftop deck with amazing views of the city.

    In addition to these, Smokies owner Randy Boydis in conversations with city leaders about possibly bringing baseball back to open. He owns close to a dozen acres near downtown. The latest plans describe a mixed-use development around the stadium with retail, restaurants and living spaces built in cities like Atlanta and Chicago.

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