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New life into an old building: Development project coming to original A&D Bookstore downtown

Old A&D Bookstore site near SW 6th and Madison (Source: KFDA) Old A&D Bookstore site near SW 6th and Madison (Source: KFDA)
Old A&D Bookstore site near SW 6th and Madison (Source: KFDA) Old A&D Bookstore site near SW 6th and Madison (Source: KFDA)
New development is coming to the 6th Street corridor near downtown Amarillo (Source: KFDA) New development is coming to the 6th Street corridor near downtown Amarillo (Source: KFDA)
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

At the corner of SW 6th Street and Madison sits the old site of the A&D Bookstore and Supply.

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"I want to say at least five years or more it sat vacant so this is an opportunity,” Andrew Freeman, Economic Development Manager for the City of Amarillo. “It's low valued on the tax rolls. It's been vacant for a while."

As time takes its toll on the building near downtown Amarillo, one company is hoping to bring new life to the current structure.

"To see it revitalized into an office development and retail space,” said Freeman. “They're looking at an 8,000 square foot building."

While the building will remain, those in charge of the project say the inside will be gutted and redone.

"We're basically gutting the entire inside, cutting in a lot of new openings and putting up new storefront glass,” said Josh Palmer, Vice President of GPD Construction.

GPD, which is in charge of this project, is currently based in Canyon. With this new revitalization, they plan to move their office to this building.

"We've been looking downtown for a while and just trying to find a good shell of a building,” said Palmer. "We just wanted to be more centrally located than we are now."

In the remaining space not taken by GPD, they hope to bring in other businesses to be located in the 6th Street area.

"Possibly a restaurant or something of that nature or more of an office space for somebody else,” said Palmer.

The city notes that revitalizations of current structures are of great need in the downtown region.

"These projects, in particular, are taking older buildings that may have been vacant for 5-10 years that just need a new owner, just be revitalized into a new use that's more appropriate, something that's not been there in the past,” said Freeman.

On the outskirts of downtown, the 6th Street corridor provides new opportunities heading into the tourism district of the city.

"This is going to be one of our first ones in off 6th Street which is nice since it connects to the Historic Route 66. It's a gateway into downtown,” said Freeman. "Overall, there's been a lot of positive activity as far as future projects being planned or just folks looking into ways to contribute to downtown or looking to develop downtown."

As the downtown development continues, this old bookstore is serving as a stepping stone for new opportunities along the corridor.

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