Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lofts On The Square


For years, the City of Ocala has talked about building "lofts" or apartments in downtown. Previously there was discussion about revamping an older multi-story building which would be converted to apartments on the upper floor(s) while the first floor would showcase a variety of business enterprises.

This, obviously, was easier said and done. Early on one con man stuck the city for over $1 million before he disappeared into the night, which might indicate the city leaders did not vet him sufficiently.

Now, however, it seems some "lofts" are being built directly across from the town square. I know nothing more, but I think it is correct to say that these will be pricey unless, of course, folks object to living in what is still a somewhat sketchy area, especially at night.

But I think this is a step in the right direction. Other cities have done this and it has worked well and it is essential to revive the downtown area to make this a more livable city.

15 comments:

William Kendall said...

It is done in some places here.

bill burke said...

All it takes is a few people and the area can be changed for the better. I see the Irish flag flying nearby, that's got to be good! :)

Linda said...

I love the trees and sky in your photo, Lowell! Every time I hear the term 'loft' or 'condo', I know it bound to be expensive.

Kay said...

The expense may be greater as the City Fathers attempt to recoup their previous losses. Hard to believe they got in so deep. One would hope for better but I guess that's an anachronism anymore.

Petrea Burchard said...

There's been a shortage of affordable housing here. Lots of lofts, but they're not cheap.

That street lamp is just like the ones on my block!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma bela perspectiva.
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.
Andarilhar

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Fastest way to a vibrant downtown. Upscale housing.

Janis
GDP

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Definitely a good idea Lowell, we have many inner city apartments etc and they're so popular. More so with younger people who like to be close to work and clubs/restaurants.

Lois said...

It is a good idea. They have done this here in Tallahassee too. Many of them are used by legislators and lobbyists who stay in them for only part of the year though.

Sharon Anck said...

If it's done right, it could be a big plus for the city. Creating a walkable downtown is an essential step in revitalization. It took years and years of kick-start efforts before it took hold here.

Tanya Breese said...

lofts are so popular these days! i bet it does help clean up the sketchiness!

RedPat said...

The more people in the area the better it gets. Especially if they are out walking dogs at all hours!

Katmom said...

Pasadena, CA. and Spokane, WA., have Lofts... and yes, pricey... but at least they are building vertically and not horizonally...

Taken For Granted said...

Jane Jacobs, urban sociologist, says that downtown areas that become mixed use, retail, commercial, and residential, become safer as there are people present at all hours of the day and night. More people are concerned with safety on the streets.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We live in a downtown apartment in Oregon and love it. Hope it works out for Ocala. But now we are happy to be in Florida at our "Canal Cottage".

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