Center City will sponsor an Open House of downtown offices, warehouses and retail spaces in historic downtown Amarillo from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.
The tour will begin in the lobby of the new The Firestone apartments at 10th and Tyler in the historic Firestone Building.
For the tour, participants will register in the lobby of The Firestone and purchase a wristband for $5 and receive a list of all eight properties participating in the open house. From the list, they can drive or walk to one or all of them. The wristband will serve as an admission ticket.
“Center City organized this tour to show people the possibilities that downtown has to offer,” said Beth Duke, executive director of Center City.
Center City is a Texas Main Street City. Texas Main Street is a program of the Texas Historical Commission. The Imagine the Possibilities tour is a statewide effort of DowntownTX, a project of the Texas Historical Commission.
“Some of the buildings are fully remodeled and are move-in ready like The Firestone. Others are works in progress, and others are just waiting for someone to imagine having a business or home in our historic downtown,” Duke said.
Some of the interesting properties on the tour will include:
- 900 S. Harrison St. – the former Globe-News offices
- 800 S. Polk St. – the historic Levine’s Department store. The building now houses McCartt & Associates; Parkhill, Smith, Cooper; pop-up retail shops and a workspace hub.
- 600 S. Tyler St. — FirstBank Southwest Tower – The FirstBank Southwest Tower has a new life with the FirstBank Southwest branch on the first floor, executive office suites, communal work spaces and proposed residences.
- Five other properties also will be included on the tour
In conjunction with the tour, Center City and the City of Amarillo are launching the Amarillo site for DowntownTX.com. DowntownTX.com is a website hosted by the Texas Historical Commission to showcase properties in downtown areas.