It may not be the downtown redevelopment many are hoping for, but it’s a start.
Facade work to restore the original 1929 look of the former Walgreens at 44 N. Stone Ave. could begin this week.
Pima County owns the building, and restoring it will make it more salable to the private sector.
Many downtown buildings have facades from the early-20th century hidden under bland 1940s and 1950s skins. In addition to the former Walgreens, three other downtown buildings will have facades restored using county bond money.
There are some magnificent buildings in hiding downtown. It will be refreshing to have them re-emerge.