On Monday, March 5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Botanica, Inc. will present a proposal to repurpose building artifacts from the Marriott block and the Board of Trade Building into the design of the future Waterfront Botanical Gardens, now under construction. The presentation will take place at a meeting of the Repurpose, Reuse, Revive (R3) working group in conference room 101 at the Metro Development Center (444 S. 5th Street). This working group aims to take a more proactive approach to protecting and preserving the city’s most historic structures. All are welcome to join the meeting and participate in the discussion.
The artifacts are currently in the city’s possession and are stored at the site of the future Waterfront Botanical Gardens and the city’s Impound Lot. The R3 working group does not have the authority to vote on this proposal but will provide Botanica, Inc. with valuable feedback and suggestions about this opportunity to reuse these pieces of our city’s history.
The R3 working group meets when the topic of artifact reuse is presented as part of a development project. The last time the group met was in 2015 to discuss the preservation and storage of artifacts from the Board of Trade building.