Two blocks west of the site of the new Contemporary Arts
Center on 6th St., work is moving ahead on a low-rise apartment project.
This apartment building will include a Walgreen's drug store on the ground
floor, as a replacement to the old Walgreen's that was located in the 5th
& Race Tower. The 5th & Race Tower was demolished in 1999
to make way for a new Nordstrom's department store, but that deal fell
through in November 2000, leaving the site a parking lot. The 6th
& Race apartment project originally hinged on the Nordstrom's deal,
but it appears to be going ahead anyway, with the current demolition of
several small buildings which stood vacant on the site for the past year.
Looking east on 6th St. -- it appears as though the building furthest to the left and its shorter neighbor will remain standing.
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It was announced in 2001 that the new building planned for the 6th & Race site might be as short as 4 floors, housing only a dozen apartment units. That now seems unlikely, if only because of the Power Building, Krippendorf Building, and Broadway Tower five blocks northeast will together house a total of 300 units. That said, a smaller new building downtown might actually benefit the general aesthetic, as almost every building of any kind built since WWII is some sort of office or hotel mega-project, covering at least a quarter of its block, if not the majority or all of it.
Reds Stadium / Riverfront Development
2. Contemporary Arts Center
3. Power Building / Krippendorf Building / 7th & Broadway Garage
4. 6th & Race Apartments
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