Would you live in a converted space?

I passed by the Verizon building tha PNHoffman recently bought with intent to convert to condos. Normal I love seeing older buildings converted into living space but I don’t like this one for 2 reasons.
1. The building is ugly. The windows are small and sparsely placed. I think living here would not offer residents a lot of light even being on the south side of the street. It is not a positive addition to residences in the hood.
2. We Need office space in our hood. The beauty of livin in a city is the close proximity of commercial and residential buildings. We need more space for small and medium businesses. They help maintain our restaurants by allowing them lunchtime crowds. They improve the tax base. They bring future residents. Employees looking for short commutes will want to live in the hood with their office.
This same applies to the Maya Angelou school building at 9th & T streets. The school recently moved and a for sale sign went up. I think the “highest and best” use is for a commercial or special use purpose.


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