Dateline Friday June 20th, 2014
Friday morning workers were busy painting the façade of the burned out Bayou building featured in the flyover on metrospirit.com a couple of weeks ago. The building was gutted by fire in 2001. Since then the building has remained gutted, boarded up and fire charred.
Coincidentally, just yesterday the city’s Urban Redevelopment Agency, which is the body established to issue a $28.5 million revenue bond to finance the Municipal Building’s ongoing renovations, met for the first time. Mrs. Ruben currently sits on the board, having been selected by commissioner Grady Smith.
While the issues that have arisen surrounding her appointment did not come up at the meeting, it appears she was moved to buy a couple of buckets of paint to, as one downtown business owner stated today, “put lipstick on a pig”.
It may have taken almost fifteen years to remove the fire and smoke damage from the exterior of her building in the heart of downtown, but better late than never. At this pace, we can certainly expect action on her other dilapidated properties. Perhaps hovercraft parking decks for the flying cars that will be clogging the skies above Broad. Who knows? But it is a very positive start.