It's looking like the uproar over the proposal to turn the State Savings Bank into parking has got the owners backpedaling on the plans. (For the record, this blog called it one of the worst ideas ever so we're feeling a little "told ya so," today). Triples Properties, the Toronto firm that owns the building, told The Windsor Star that they hope to repurpose the building, which happens to to be the only Detroit structure designed by the firm McKim, Mead and White. (They designed the now-demolished Penn Station in New York and that preservation loss remains a tragedy today).
Said Steve Apostolopoulos, co-founder of Triple Properties, "I toured the building. The building is fantastic, it's gorgeous. So beautiful. Our first choice is not to knock it down." This is a reversal of what Steve's father told the Free Press, which they now blame on his accent. Seriously.
Steve Apostolopoulos said demolition was never Triple Properties' preferred outcome and the uproar was all a misunderstanding. "My father has a very thick accent, so maybe they misheard him," he said.
In any case, sounds like Triple Properties just found a new spokesman. · Why The State Savings Bank Demo Is One Of Worst Ideas Ever [Curbed Detroit]