Last week, Mayor John Callahan and other officials descended on the old Farr’s shoe store building at the corner of W. Broad and N. New streets to hail the $3.8 million renovation of the 1920s Beaux Arts building as a success.
The building looks great and 19 of 24 upscale apartments in the upper three floors are rented. But there is one key missing ingredient: A tenant for the 6,000 square foot corner storefront where shoes used to be sold.
As explained in this Express-Times story, a deal to bring an Irish pub to the location has fallen through. But there are still high hopes that another restaurant will find the space attractive for its location at a key downtown corner and its floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to W. Broad and N. New streets.
Ashley Development Corp. is willing to subdivide the $17 a square foot space, but that is not the preference.
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