Although developers are still awaiting a $15 million commitment from the city toward the $175 million project cost for revitalizing the abandoned Sears Crosstown building into a medical, arts, and residential hub, $300,000 has recently been awarded to improve the surrounding Crosstown neighborhood and parts of the building.
The Crosstown Development Project was awarded a $50,000 regional planning award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to extend the V&E Greenline across North Parkway and through the Crosstown site.
A $250,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority will be used to implement a plan to equip and program a "theater stair" in the main atrium of the Crosstown building. The theater stair is a wide staircase that will be equipped with audio-video equipment for public lectures and performances. It will be wide enough to both serve as a functional staircase between the first and third floors and seating for performances and spillover seating for the building's planned cafe.