Both of these buildings are located in a small rural town which has about 3,000 residents with relative low income and high unemployment rate. They have various needs, such as jobs, youth activities, senior housing, and recreational facilities.
The warehouse has some historic significance because it served a Fortune 500 company (a huge pride of a small town). The train depot is very small, narrow and long, with minimal architectural value.
Can anybody provide some examples about how small rural towns renovate warehouses and train depots that don't have significant architectural values?
We struggled quite a bit about both of these projects. Somebody proposed a performing arts center for the warehouse but the city has kept the proposal on hold. Our team does not like the idea of a performing arts center in such a rural small town. Our focus is in jobs and fundamental elements of the quality of life. We propose a mixed-use structure (commercial & senior housing; or commercial & community center; or commercial & company hall of fame; or commercial & job training center) for the warehouse. We want the Depot to be a farmers' market and a restaurant. But the city also encourages us to think big and try to create some local attractions. The city is also concerned about post-project operational issues.
So any comments?