Changes planned for the former Dixie Market on the square – now the location of Samira restaurant – will bring more residential housing to downtown and improve the appearance at that prominent intersection.
The building at 100 W. 6th – the northwest corner of 6th and Walnut – recently received approval from the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission to replace three windows facing the square, replace two windows facing Walnut, and install nine new windows along Walnut that are currently boarded up.
The building is owned by Anwar Naderpoor, who is renovating the interior to add five efficiency apartments on the second floor.
Commissioners indicated that complete façade restoration would be preferable, but they praised the owner's renovation work. A representative of the owner said that after the interior is renovated, the eventual plans call for renovating the exterior too, including the front and side. The work is being done by Rogers Remodeling LLC and Tabor Bruce Architecture & Design Inc.
Commissioners applauded the renovation, calling the building in its current condition "an eyesore." They also appreciated the fact that residential units are being added to the downtown. They unanimously approved the proposal.
Click here to watch the commission's discussion about this project. Click here for the HPC packet with more details.
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