Thursday, January 03, 2008

Old Post Office Square

Last summer, construction began on Old Post Office Plaza on a vacant lot across Locust from the Old Post Office. While many would have preferred to see this site used for new construction and added density to the Old Post Office district, it should be a nice project nonetheless.

When all is said and done, this $8.2 million public square will include sculpture, landscaping, seating and water features. Completion was originally scheduled for April 2008, but judging from the current progress on the site, it may take a bit longer to complete, especially if the weather is not cooperative.

While Old Post Office Plaza will no doubt be an asset to the area, it remains to be seen whether or not it will spur additional development nearby. The exciting Roberts Tower is being built immediately adjacent to the site, but just a block away there are two vacant parcels at 7th and Locust, one a surface parking lot, the other the pointless U.S. Bank Plaza, which is more like a landscaped driveway. With its relatively small size, the parking lot would probably be better suited for a residential tower while the U.S. Bank Plaza, which was once the site of the Ambassador Building, could accomodate either an office or residential building. That is, of course, if U.S. Bank would be willing to part with it.

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