Historic Myer sign removed at Coorparoo Square

From Probuild: The historic neon Myer sign at Coorparoo Square in Brisbane was removed today ahead of construction starting on the site.

The sign will be restored and included in the new development.

The major mixed-use development is poised to transform the heart of Coorparoo, one of Brisbane’s most historically significant blue-chip suburbs, and continues Probuild’s move into Brisbane.

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Repurposing big-box stores into transitional housing

KTGY Architecture has created a concept to convert defunct big-box stores into smaller retail, housing, employment, and homeless support centers. Image courtesy KTGY

From The Construction Specifier: The research and development studio at KTGY Architecture + Planning has created Re-Habit, a plan for repurposing obsolete big-box stores into essential uses, including smaller retail spaces, housing, employment, and support for homeless individuals.

“With big box stores such as Macy’s, JC Penney, and Sears closing in record numbers, repurposing such vacant spaces becomes increasingly necessary,” said Marissa Kasdan, KTGY senior designer. “At the same time, the housing affordability crisis and other factors are driving up demand to house and service homeless individuals. Re-Habit offers one adaptive-reuse solution for multiple problems.”

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Cavern Theater marquee sign lights up in downtown Carlsbad

From Carlsbad Current Argus: Downtown Carlsbad was awash in green and yellow lights as the Cavern Theater’s iconic marquee sign lit up for the first time in decades.

The theater was first built in 1951.

At a ceremony to celebrate the marquee lighting, Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway said the moment was significant in Carlsbad’s downtown revitalization and economic growth.

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North end gas station may become restaurant and retail venue

The proposal for 6990 Gulf of Mexico Drive includes tearing down the gas station’s canopy. A new one is planned.

From YourObserver.com: The Sarasota developer who tried in 2016 to build a hotel on Longboat Key’s north end at the site of a vacant gas station is back before the town with another proposal for the property.

James Brearley has filed a plan with the town’s Planning, Zoning & Building Department to transform the shuttered gas station at the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Broadway Street into a restaurant and retail location.

“We are in the beginning stages of creating a concept for the site,” Brearley said. “We believe this will most likely be a combination of a coffee shop, a casual just-off-the-beach restaurant and a few curated retail offerings.”

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From the Society for Commercial Archeology: On October 30, 2018, the SCA hosted an exclusive members only pop-up hard hat tour of the new TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in Jamaica, NY. The hotel’s lobby is the original TWA Terminal, designed in 1962 by Eero Saarinen (of St. Louis Arch fame), faithfully restored. The new hotel will include 50,000 square feet of first-class event space for 1,600 people, and will have 512 rooms, including 44 suites.

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