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Old 08-14-2017, 06:57 PM
 
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What can you tell me about the old seminary building at the old-old IFHS location on 7th St.?
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:43 PM
 
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What can you tell me about the old seminary building at the old-old IFHS location on 7th St.?
It's been a white elephant for years and years now. I haven't passed by for some time, but the last time I heard, there were some plans to turn it into either a cooking school or a beauty college (or maybe both?)

I can't remember the details, and it's been a few years since the announcement.

The building is old now, and probably has some real substantial problems that would be expensive to repair/restore/ replace.

I don't know who owns it now, or what its being used for, but anything but residential use is problematic, as there's no dedicated parking for the building. The swimming pool may have enough parking lot to make some commercial use possible, but some kind of agreement would have to be reached with the city to allow the use of the parking lot across the street.

I suspect that, given the location, the old seminary is more likely to go derelict than be restored, but that could depend on the neighborhood; there is definitely a move toward new creating downtown living spaces going on, and the 7th st. location is very close and has very good access to downtown. i can see how an entire block of old, relatively worthless old houses could be demolished and be renewed as residential apartments all around that location in the future.

Maybe the old seminary, if it's still sound enough, could become a trendy urban coffee shop/ convenience store/ boutique in the future; it does have a handsome art-deco front and lots of good windows, so it could become a central meeting spot for a resurrected neighborhood that surrounds it.
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