It took a long time to get to this point. Netting went up in 2007 at the then-Tom Seay Salvation Army Center to catch falling masonry. The building ceased being an overnight shelter that same year due to zoning issues. It served as a soup kitchen until September 2008, when the Salvation Army declared that it was too decrepit to use and too expensive to fix.
The building went up for sale in July 2009. Rumors abounded that Ald. Helen Shiller intended to buy it with TIF funds for use as a green center to raise fish and worms, but that never happened. Scaffolding went up to protect passersby from hazardous conditions in January 2012.
In July 2012, Cedar Street Cos. bought the building and announced plans to rehab it, rent out the retail, and move its corporate headquarters there. Repairs have been going on ever since.
This week is the first time we've seen the building unobstructed in years. Nice. Very nice.