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Never thought I'd say this, but this building, Central Square, and the Savoy would all be much more attractive spaces for those nice parking lots with the remnants of the lobby floors still visible.

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I saw three or four people walking around the upper levels of the parking structure portion of the building today. They looked to be of the worker persuasion as opposed to the trespasser persuasion. Let's hope this is a sign that this project is coming back to life.

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I saw three or four people walking around the upper levels of the parking structure portion of the building today. They looked to be of the worker persuasion as opposed to the trespasser persuasion. Let's hope this is a sign that this project is coming back to life.

just saw several workers at a side entrance on the ground level. And by workers I means couple of dudes in hard hats.

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Maybe hard hats are just the new fad and these guys were just hangin out?

:P

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Hey - I used to carry a couple hard hats around in my car! (never know when they'll come in handy!). Maybe I should toss em back in there :P

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Then again, they could just be hanging out waiting for the new YMCA to be finished next door.

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Hey - I used to carry a couple hard hats around in my car! (never know when they'll come in handy!). Maybe I should toss em back in there :P

Don't forget an indian headdress, police officer helmet, and a cowboy hat laugh.gif

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Went by today looks like they are putting some primer on the garage portion of the structure. Also has a banner on one side for "public garage".... Guess there going to try to get some money out of the property... Though not sure who is going to park there.. It's kind of far out on the out skirts of downtown. ... Any one else know anything about it...I personaly would like to see the whole thing re developed. Mabey re clad the hotel portion in cool blue glass and face the garage portion in a metal sheath. Could even go as far as to expand the garage portion to take over the entire block to provide amble meeting/event space .

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Yeah, I saw the banner for the first time a few days ago, but I kept forgetting to post about it.

I was wondering about who'd park there as well.

Ohwell, as long as they make a little cash I'm sure than its better than having a money pit (tower?).

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It will be interesting to see if there will be any impact on parking prices in that part of DT. On a side note, I saw that lights were actually on in the garage portion.

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Update from Swamplot:

Updated task list for the investor group that bought the dilapidated and long-vacant Heaven on Earth Plaza Hotel at 801 St. Joseph Pkwy. at Travis St. Downtown 3 years ago: 1) Pay off $4.2 million mortgage on property; 2) work way out of bankruptcy (declared just last week, to avoid foreclosure); 3) close on $22 million construction loan to redevelop the 31-story former Holiday Inn (and later Days Inn) into an “as economy class as possible” hotel.

http://swamplot.com/digging-out-from-heaven-on-earth/2011-08-04/

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The side entrance has been open for about a month, I guess they're having open house tours. ;)

BTW those pics looks to be from about late 2010. 

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Ya I recently saw that. There's not anything inside to see anyways. It's has been completely gutted. They did asbestos abatement a few years back. You are also correct about the photos. They are now a few years old.

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Normally I'm opposed to tearing down buildings and replacing them with surface parking, but in this case, I'd be willing to make an exception.

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Normally I'm opposed to tearing down buildings and replacing them with surface parking, but in this case, I'd be willing to make an exception.

 

 

 

So would this be a literal example of "pave Paradise and put up a parking lot."  ??

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They did the abatement floor by floor. The had each floor sealed up with the air that was being discharge running thru a filter. This happened about 3-4 years ago.

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They now have a water pipe burst somewhere on the 3rd storey of the garage that has been leaking for about 3 days now. You can hear it when your walking about the base of the bldg.

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They now have a water pipe burst somewhere on the 3rd storey of the garage that has been leaking for about 3 days now. You can hear it when your walking about the base of the bldg.

 

I would not have thought that they would still have water pressure serving the building. 

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I'm pretty sure it's most likely water that supplies HFD connections in the garage. It seemed for awhile they were planning on using the garage for parking. I know a couple years back they installed a cashier booth, new gate and repainted the interior of the garage.

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I would not have thought that they would still have water pressure serving the building. 

 

You'd be surprised to know that a lot of the old abandoned buildings downtown still have power too. I just recently learned the old Battlestein's building does and some lights throughout are on all the time.

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Abandoned properties that attract vagrants and an abundance of surface parking lots have hindered development in a section of southeastern downtown, a study released Thursday concluded.

Good thing that a study was completed to determine that. I never would have suspected that could be possible.

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Isn't this the same study with the linear parks etc we discussed about a month ago?

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On contemporary pictures of the building, I've seen the curved outline of what looks like where it had the Days Inn Hotel sign. Did it have anything else after it ceased being a Days Hotel?

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I have never seen anything else placed in the curbed signs, but when it was the Plaza it had other ones (I'd love to see if there were any in the Heaven & Earth days..)

 

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On contemporary pictures of the building, I've seen the curved outline of what looks like where it had the Days Inn Hotel sign. Did it have anything else after it ceased being a Days Hotel?

 

I vaguely recall the Days Inn sunburst logo sign being turned white with the words "Heaven on Earth" rounding the curve and "Inn" at the bottom.

 

Not sure when that finally disappeared though.

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Over the past week a demo contractor has been taking out the interior dry wall on the lower levels. The bldg is more transparent as a result. 

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Update 12/24/2013

Are those workers or just some dudes?

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Are those workers or just some dudes?

Ha! I never noticed that. Definitely not construction workers, but I can't tell if they're homeless or just guys without enough things to do.

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They're interior demo subs on break. Not sure what the plan is... might just be the bank trying to flip it onto a hotel developer.

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Don't they have uniforms of some sort?

Not always

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I think if the slap a facade on that garage this thing would look half decent.the garage is such an imposing behemoth. Can't they add fake brick or something over it? Maybe some inoffensive paint.

They need to leave the Humble Oil building alone and donate ask that glass to this building. Lol

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So, are they gutting and renovating it for other purposes, or is it going to be a surface lot?

 

Did someone answer this?  Sorry if it was, so will it be torn down completely?

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