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Scaffolding has been up since at least Thursday, maybe earlier, and the sidewalk is closed under the scaffolding.  All week there were men in white bunny suits covered in ash going in and out of the building, though I saw no activity today.  Earlier last week they were pumping water from the basement of the Holy Cross Chapel, and they still have a lot of heavy equipment on site trying to dry out and clean up that building so it can reopen.  Haven't heard any news on the building that burned, though.

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On 10/27/2019 at 9:12 PM, hindesky said:

Scaffolding was going up when I rode by, hopefully to repair the fire damage.

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There seems to be some confusion on this thread. This is a different building. Main Street Market is located at 901 Main St, not 1101.
Both buildings are of interest and deserve recognition. Perhaps a separate thread can be established for this address, and existing posts pertaining to it moved. Moderators?

 

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On 12/26/2019 at 9:07 AM, kbates2 said:

Looks like we should see how this looks underneath soon, they are removing the panels.

 

https://imgur.com/gallery/X6fzahX

 

(Can't figure out how to get the photo in the post)

 

in google chrome   right click -> open image in new tab.    copy link and paste.  If it's your picture you can go to images under your name in imgur. Click on picture in gallery, then copy direct link to paste here.

 

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The condition of the original façade looks better than I feared but it's still far worse than the Main Street Food Store building at 1101 Main, which was reportedly already hard to justify restoring.  It appears the columns between the windowed sections were totally destroyed.  But maybe we'll get lucky -- I'd love to see that 1929 façade back.

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2 hours ago, rechlin said:

The condition of the original façade looks better than I feared but it's still far worse than the Main Street Food Store building at 1101 Main, which was reportedly already hard to justify restoring.  It appears the columns between the windowed sections were totally destroyed.  But maybe we'll get lucky -- I'd love to see that 1929 façade back.

 
I assume that it could just be hard to restore on a convenience store budget.

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2 hours ago, rechlin said:

The condition of the original façade looks better than I feared but it's still far worse than the Main Street Food Store building at 1101 Main, which was reportedly already hard to justify restoring.  It appears the columns between the windowed sections were totally destroyed.  But maybe we'll get lucky -- I'd love to see that 1929 façade back.

 

It will cost more, true, but it may end up being more feasible as this is a taller building and can thus generate more income with a renovation. If your renovation cost plus 10-20% incentive is less than the increase in value resulting from a renovation, then you renovate. The increase in value will be based on how much income those upper stories can generate. It would probably have to be office space rather than residential, and from what I know, there is a lot of empty Class B historic office space downtown in buildings already renovated (Esperson is sitting half empty a couple blocks away). So prospects are still a little iffy for this one.

 

Just now, kbates2 said:

 
I assume that it could just be hard to restore on a convenience store budget.

 

They can get a bank loan, just need to show the bank what the value will be post-renovation.

 

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19 hours ago, rechlin said:

The condition of the original façade looks better than I feared but it's still far worse than the Main Street Food Store building at 1101 Main, which was reportedly already hard to justify restoring.  It appears the columns between the windowed sections were totally destroyed.  But maybe we'll get lucky -- I'd love to see that 1929 façade back.

It wasn't that it was hard to justify. The owner didn't have the money to renovate on that scale and welcomed whoever could help restoring it. 

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Scaffolding is now down and the sidewalk is reopened, though the slipcover is still removed from much of the "north" side:

 

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To my point in the Houston Center renovation thread - more often than not, "modernization" is ultimately ill-advised.  What were they thinking?

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At the time of modernization, it made perfect aesthetic and fiscal sense. That is why it was done.   I assure you of that. 

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