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From Art Deco To Aluminum

May 30, 2014 Downtown, Featured, Retail 1 Comment

Work is progressing on the construction of new storefronts at the former Board of Education building located at 901 Locust St. Last November I posted about the historic Art Deco storefronts being removed, they weren’t original to the building.

Modern aluminum frames for new storefronts
Modern aluminum frames for new storefronts, these are facing 9th Street

I personally love the contrast between old architecture and crisp modern storefronts so I’m excited to see how this will turn out. I’m especially curious to know how they plan to deal with ADA access on 9th Street. It appears vaults are under part of the public sidewalk, making the task of building a ramp more difficult.

The 9th Street storefronts were tiny and not wheelchair accessible
The old 9th Street storefronts were tiny and not wheelchair accessible

It would’ve been impossible to make the old storefronts ADA compliant, sadly, they had to go. Originally the building had wood storefronts, not the best choice for retailing in the 21st Century, hopefully the aluminum will turn out nice, attracting a good tenant(s).

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— Steve Patterson

 

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. JZ71 says:

    The new storefronts may have better side clearance for ADA compliance, but it looks like they’re doing nothing to address the threshold issues (which is a much bigger issue).

     

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