Thursday, September 21, 2000

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4th St. building readied for tenants

        The pigs have flown the coop at the old McAlpin's building on Fourth Street downtown, a sign that the site is finally preparing to go to market.

        Rob Acker, development director for the building's owner, Madison Marquette Realty, said Monday that crews are cleaning the inside of the structure so it can be looked at by possible tenants.

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The McAlpin's clock and sign were Fourth Street landmarks.
        “We feel good about the project,” he said. “It seems to be moving well.”

        Cincinnati-based Madison Marquette paid $4 million for the building in February and wants to renovate it into a mixed-use property with street-level retail. The company spent months researching whether the site can be used in its entirety, and whether its historic facade can be maintained.

        Mr. Acker said Madison finished auditing the building and so far is sticking to its original plan, which includes two to three retail tenants, such as a bookstore, using the first two floors of the building facing Fourth Street.

        Mr. Acker declined to reveal a project deadline. “We set one,” he said, “but it's at various levels of confidence.”
       — Lisa Biank Fasig

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       Enquirer file/GARY LANDERS The McAlpin's clock and sign were Fourth Street landmarks.

       



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