Building at 301 River Street Demolished to Make Room for Parking
The rather ugly gray building across river street from the new embassy suites continues to sit vacant after several years and an attempt at turning it into a visitor center that included business and meeting spaces, and an event venue.
It’s prime location along the swamp rabbit trail would be a welcome addition to plans further down the trail for a large park in space currently occupied by the old public works building, just beyond AJ Whittenburg Elementary on the trail.
It’s kind of a cool-looking brick building that could possibly be repurposed and the original facade kept in-tact and re-painted, but with the $2.4 Million dollar price tag on the land, the building would likely be demolished and repurposed as something greater.
We’ve learned the building is being demolished to make room for a parking lot – great news for users of the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. It’s unclear if this will be a free or paid parking lot.
PRO TIP: The parking lot underneath the Embassy Suites is a city garage, and always has plenty of space. The first hour is free, the 2nd hour is $1.50 and then $1 per hour after that, up to a max of $7.50 a day. So if you’re coming downtown for just a couple hours, a garage is always a better bet than the $5 and $10 surface lots, and the garages will keep your car cool and dry.
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