The picture above shows the area immediately to the west of Public Square as it looking in August 2010. Buildings on the north side of the street — the left side of the photo — were being demolished and replaced by something only slightly better — surface parking lots.
Now developers Weston Inc and Citymark Capital have announced plans to turn those parking lots into new downtown residences. The mixed-use project will also create green space, covered parking, retail and other amenities such as a rooftop swimming pool, a fitness facility and a dog park. The first phase will break ground early next year, and it’s expected to be ready for occupancy by 2017. It will have 352 residential units, 390 parking spaces and 22,000 square feet of retail. Later phases will add another 850 living units, 800 parking spaces and an additional 80,000 square feet of retail space.
Eventually it will occupy the space from W. 3rd to W. 6th from Superior to St. Clair. It’s aimed at the upscale, luxury market.