vated central courtyard, a new public Bulldog Plaza at the northwest corner of Central and Arno NE and a new parking garage across the street.
Eventually, Dickson wants to see offices in the library building and some sort of high-technology firm in the large central portion of the gym.
"We'd really like to see the gym bring high-quality, high paying jobs to this area," he said, adding that apartments would go in the wings of the building.
Also, on the drawing board are a neighborhood grocery store at Central and Arno and a future hotel with community retail on the northern portion of the site.
"Our whole concept for this project is 'live, work, walk," Dickson said.
The fifth large historic building, manual arts, will developed by Chaves.
The city filed a condemnation suit to aquire the building last September but couldn't reach an agreement with the owners in court ordered mediation, Balizer said.
The city offered $300,000, even though an appraisal put the value at negative $400,000 because of the huge investment needed to rehabilitate it. Chaves and the Battaglia Trust asked for $1 million, Balizer said.
He said the city dropped the suit once Dickson sais he would go forward without the manual arts building.
Chaves said the main issue wasn't money.
"We're going to develop our own property. We don't want to sell," he said, adding that he and nine of his brothers and sisters went to the high school. "I love that building."
Chaves said he envisions a restaurant on