Central Co-op is slated for landlord improvements at 16th and Madison, which means saying goodbye to the building’s donor wall. Before then, the cooperative reports it is working to digitally preserve each tile.
Madison Crossing, LLC is making the improvements to the co-op building as part of a 20-year agreement signed in October 2015.
“The improvements that Madison Crossing will be making consist of enclosing the front of the store so that there will be a single entrance from the street, the parking garage stair and the elevator,” according to a Central Co-op blog post, “as well as improving our elevator to make the store more accessible.”
The project is expected to begin within the next several weeks and take five months to complete.
Central Co-op moved to 1600 E. Madison in 1998 through contributions to its capital campaign.
The wall commemorating those donors is set to be removed during construction, in order to make way for the stairwell.
Central Co-op graphic designer Sue Spang on Wednesday, March 1, began what is expected to be a three-day process of taking high-resolution photos of each tile. The images will be shared with the donors.
“In addition, Sue will use the images to create a new piece of art to be displayed in the store after construction is completed,” according to the post.
The co-op will be working to minimize impacts to customers during construction. Weekly construction updates will be available online.