The Staples Pake Building on Royal Street in Downtown Mobile will see a complete renovation, interior and exterior.
This renovation coincides with our previous blog detailing the renovation of the former Delchamps warehouse into an upscale apartment complex called Meridian at the Port.
The renovation of The Staple Pake building is said to be one where community can live and shop there. In about a year, it will be a new residential and commercial space for you to enjoy.
According to interviews with local news, Fox 10, Mobile, AL,Dan Craven of NOLA Revival in New Orleans said more than a dozen one and two bedroom apartments will be added on the second and third floods. On the street levels, retail space will be added.
"It's a significant investment in the City of Mobile and we had a lot of help from the beginning until now. We have been working on it for about a year," said Craven.
While the building is on the National Register of Historic Places, there is one place in the building that is not so much historic, but rather a modern establishment: The Royal Street Cafe. It opened in 1999. Now, after 17 years, it is closing its doors, but not for long.
"It's not the last day ever," said Keven McCabe, owner of the Cafe. "They're saying it's going to be about five months. It's a great building. It's got a lot of history. It's in need...dire need of getting repaired."
McCabe said he plans to return to the building once renovations are complete. His restaurant is expected to get new ac, electrical, and plumbing improvements that he said will only enhance business...and the overall spirit of Downtown Mobile.
"It can only do good things for Downtown, being renovated," he said. "I've seen these other buildings around getting renovated and what it's done for businesses around here and it can only be good for business, for us."
McCabe said some of his six employees will be out of work for the next several months but he plans to hire them back when renovations are complete.
Meridian at the Port will be a “264-unit project, which will be under construction this summer, will be the first large-scale apartment dwelling in downtown since the 148-unit Tower on Ryan Park was built in 1950. It’s anticipated to draw up to 400 residents to studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with rents that range from $1,000 to $1,800 a month.”