Broken Windows at Sears Crosstown

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and a renovation of a building with a thousand windows begins with five of them on the fourth floor of Sears Crosstown in Midtown.

"It's not construction, it's due diligence for the window companies," said Todd Richardson, spokesman for the project.

Still, it's something for a blighted building that has been closed for years. The five windows on the south side of the building were removed so that bidders could do a mock up. About 65 percent of the building is windows, Richardson said.

The cost of replacing them will be several million dollars because they must comply with historic guidelines to insure tax credits and be more energy efficient than the originals.

"It's going to be an interesting bid process," said Richardson.

Asked if this indicates that the project is moving forward, he said "work is ongoing."

Plans call for a mix of educational, medical, commercial and residential users.

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