Oct 21, 2014 7:47 PM by Charlene Cheng
The lot on the corner of Butte and Pine Streets in Redding is just a pile of rocks and dirt right now, but real estate agent Chris Haedrich envisions that it'll soon be a 25,000 square foot Tuscan-style development.
"Downtown Redding has another project that's coming into play. It's a great mixed-used project, there's going to be offices upstairs, the potential for office or retail downstairs, there's also going to be residential units," he said.
Mixed-use complexes are good for residents, and good for downtown Redding's recent push to be more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.
"They can live in a downtown, more dense environment, where they can walk to work, or they can walk to the grocery or to the park or to the cinema or whatever it may be," Haedrich said.
The property was sitting empty until it was purchased by Dean and Jane White in 2011.
Until 2010, a Greyhound bus depot operated out of the location.
According to the Shasta Historical Society, the building that it was housed in can be traced back to the 1930's.
"One, it's unique for our area and it's historic. Two, it's also neat because it's connecting these larger history ideas of the way commerce and trade and transportation connects, and the architecture connects that," Christine Stokes, who serves as Executive Director of the Shasta Historical Society.
The Whites had originally planned to renovate the historic building instead of demolishing it, but it proved to be financially impossible.
The Shasta Historical Society is on board with efforts to revitalize downtown Redding, but hopes that the city remembers its roots.
"This new building, it's going to attract new businesses and things, if we can still honor the historic significance of that site, and maybe even have some photographs of that building,or even have a plaque that says, 'On this site, there was a historic building,'" Stokes said.
The new building is expected to be finished by next spring.