There’s a small sign of life at a long dormant downtown skyscraper.
A covered barrier has been erected over the sidewalk in front of the Central National Bank building at the corner of East Broad and Third streets.
The barricade and scaffolding will make way for an overhead swinging stage that will inspect the facade of the 23-story building this summer, according to a building permit filed with the city.
It’s the first work on the property significant enough to require a building permit since 2005, the same year the 240,000-square-foot building was acquired by Washington-based Douglas Development Co.
Whiting-Turner Contracting is the contractor for the job.
Norman Jemal, principal and senior vice president at Douglas Development Co., told BizSense in January that the company plans to redevelop the Central National Bank building into apartments this year.
Tom Schneck, a spokesman for Douglas Development, said that financing for the project isn’t in place and that the company prefers to secure tenants on its properties before starting major construction.
“We’re in the midst of trying to gear up,” Schneck said. “But we’re not completely there yet.”
The building, at 219 E. Broad St., has been vacant for almost a decade. It was built in the late 1920s.