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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

BOOK BUILDING CLOSURE STIRS MEMORIES

Looks like Book Building and Tower has finally gone completely dark. While the 1928 Italian Rennasaince style tower has been on its last legs the last couple of years, there was always Bookies Tavern anchoring the bottom floor and keeping the historic building alive. That ended Monday night as the 2 a.m. last call was really the last call for Bookies. On a more upbeat note, Bookies Bar and Grill, will open within the next month in a renovated building at Cass and Columbia near the Fox Theatre -- three floors, a full kitchen and, for the nice weather, a rooftop deck.

In 2006, the Book Tower was sold to the Pagan Organization, a New York-based investment group. Within a year, the corporation running the building had gone bankrupt. Tenants complained about heating problems, elevator malfunctions, and the electricity periodically being turned off without warning. It's reported that a Canadian based firm, AKNO enterprises, presently owns the building.

On Tuesday, the Free Press reported,

"John Austerberry, a spokesman for DTE Energy, said power will be cut off Thursday unless the utility reaches an agreement with the owner over its $87,000 past-due bill.

George Ellenwood, of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, said water also will be severed in the coming days unless something is done about AKNO’s $18,593 bill."

Well, considering the city just regained the Book Cadillac, along with the Fort Shelby, at least it's two steps forward and only one step backwards for the West Side of Downtown...

Book Building Closure Stirs Memories

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2 comments:

m-lash said...

hey, tell the D to get a hold of it's finances..

http://www.freep.com/article/20090106/NEWS01/90106070/0/NEWS13

Anonymous said...

that building is so friekin cool, i spend alot of time looking at the outside of it and its beautiful presence. I sure would absolutely love to walk around inside it just to look and go all the way to th top anyone know if I can make this happen?

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