Paragon Salon & Day Spa’s Relocation Paves Way For Pogue’s Garage Demolition

Paragon Salon & Day Spa celebrated the opening of their new location along Fifth Street in the Carew Tower yesterday. While smaller in size than their previous location, the move serves as a potentially monumental moment for the center city since it paves the way for the demolition of the decaying Pogue’s Garage.

While the location of Pogue’s Garage is one of downtown’s most prominent, it is also one of the ugliest and most inhospitable blocks in the city. In 2013 a plan was crafted to fix that by tearing down the decrepit garage and replacing it with a new parking structure, street-level grocery store and 300-unit residential high-rise. Due to politics, finances and other logistics, that plan stalled and was eventually amended in December 2014.

Under that revised plan, Indianapolis-based developers Flaherty & Collins agreed to build an eight-story residential structure, with 208 units, while 3CDC would build a 925-space parking structure that would serve as the tower’s platform. The project would also include 25,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

In addition to serving the project’s needs and providing a platform for the tower to rise, the new parking structure would also provide parking capacity for the many historic high-rises along Fourth Street that currently lack any parking options at all. City officials point to public garages such as this as an opportunity to better utilize those other properties.

But before any of that can happen, the massive Pogue’s Garage must be demolished. That, in and of itself, would serve as a major benefit for downtown as it would remove one of its biggest eyesores and improve safety for people walking and biking along Fourth, Race and Elm Streets.

That demolition effort is not expected to be easy. Due to its immediate surroundings, the structure will not be able to be imploded, and will thus need to be deconstructed using traditional methods over a much longer period of time. Further complicating the matter was Paragon’s ongoing presence in the structure, which was obviously relieved yesterday.

There is no word yet on when demolition work will begin, but it now appears likely that work will finally advance on one of the center city’s highest profile projects. The coming weeks should reveal what its revised design will look like and when residents will be moving in.

  • Charlie Hinkley

    Is there any way that some of the proposed parking could be earmarked for residential or commercial development at the Banks? It is completely asinine that we’re building so much undergound parking south of 2nd Street, and then more above for each new building. Where’s the concern about ROI?

    • The plan is to use it for parking requirements for other underutilized historic properties along Fourth Street.

  • We walked past Paragon last night and got all excited that maybe Pogue’s garage would finally come down.

    • The bad thing for you is that it will be a long and messy process to take it down.

  • Eric Douglas

    Taken from Bromwell’s 3 years ago, what a disgrace.

    • Remember when the mayor said it could be easily fixed? LOL. I wonder if anyone leaned over and said “actually sir the thing is one roll of duct tape from collapsing.”

    • Eric Douglas

      And “too rich” is code for a developer that’s not playing ball

    • Brian Boland

      I was in Bromwell’s shopping over the holidays, and the way they have it laid out I said to my wife “I could easily live in this building with any one of these as our living room” Then I looked across the street at that and said “If only the view were better across the street and THAT thing were gone”.

  • Matt Jacob

    3CDC needs to build this garage as a universal structure like they’ve already done with a couple floors of the dunnhumby building. ( It would be foolish to publicly finance a new parking structure on a site this large without keeping it flexible enough to be repurposed for more residential or office in the future. No one knows what the next 100 years looks like and they are already predicting driverless cars in the next 10… so let’s not pigeon hole ourselves.

    IMO the most worthwhile use of the public funding would be to allow spending on added structural elements to allow for future development on top of this downsized project down the road. 309 Vine is a perfect example of this where 100-years worth of foresight is going to pay off and then the public only needs to finance it once. From F&C’s perspective, it makes sense as a unique selling point for the building when they exits this development, even if they don’t add the top themselves.

    • I can envision a future where the driverless cars go park themselves in Queensgate (or somewhere else where land is cheaper) while their owners work a 9-5 downtown. If that happens, it’ll be foolish for us to have built all of these massive garages downtown that can’t be repurposed for other uses. It should be mandatory for all downtown garages to be built like the Dunnhumby Centre garage, which can be to be converted to non-automobile space in the future.

    • Matt Jacob

      From a practical point of view, these universally designed parking structures are only feasible on the right site. Parking structures are rigidly geometric, so a smaller lot or a narrower one will require different internal structure to still keep the project feasible to build. dunnhumby, and I’d think this site, are large enough sites to layout the parking in a way to do this effectively. I do agree with you though that when it’s feasible it should be a requirement.

    • Eric Douglas

      Condos on 4th have access to the Westin garage. Since it’s so close to the banks, the only reason you’d need an oversized garage here is if they’re bringing in a grocer or city target

      3CDC balances their budget on people dumb enough to pay $6/$8 to park at dunnhumby when onstreet parking is significantly cheaper, dunnhumby is more parking than anything.