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Downtown renovation

A St. Petersburg developer has plans to turn the Escambia County school district's old administrative building on Garden Street into a mixed-used development. The sale was approved by the Escambia County school board for $3.25 million.

    Looking around downtown Pensacola, you'll find new businesses popping up.
    There's a new life to downtown around every corner.

"There's a lot of great restaurants, a lot of great things to do. You never get bored. Just everything you'd ever want to live around," said Jared Teague.

    Hemmer Consulting, LLC  based out of St. Petersburg bought the old Vernon Mcdaniel building on Garden Street.
    Right now, the plan is to turn it into a mixed-use development that would include office space and residential housing.
    The developer promises the housing will be affordable, something he says is needed downtown.
"Some are really expensive, some are affordable," said Krystal Macneill.

    There's no layout--yet.
    Another unnamed local business will also use a portion of the building and the developer is waiting for that business to come up with their own plans.
    But, part of the plan will be keeping the historic structure of this building.
    Specifically, keeping the 2-story administration building and 100-year wall.
    Because downtown is  a hot spot right now, the developer considers this a good investment.

"It's a nice place to live next to. Very easy to get to, it's almost a city feel to it," said Roscoe Rogers.