A mostly innocuous-looking building at Alabama and New York Streets is undergoing a major renovation project. Formerly housing only a law firm, the first floor is being converted into a bank.
Here is how it looked, as of this morning. Notice the new ADA-accessible entrance on the south side, which appears to be included tastefully:
There are probably critics who will lament the loss of the concrete facade, as a testament that some developers still have not learned the lessons of the past with regards to appreciation of our city’s history. In this case, I am not among them, and I think that opening up the structure to the street and lighting it in a tasteful manner well help the building seem more active than it had previously. Unfortunately, the interior doesn’t look as well-crafted, with acoustic paneled ceilings and fluorescent lighting. But on the whole, turning the structure from semi-private to semi-public should probably seen as a win for the corner.