When downtown destruction is a good thing

Get a good look at the roof on The Mall in Downtown Redding. It’s about to undergo a major make-over that will begin with some long overdue demolition to begin its beautification.

As you might recall, the Redding Redevelopment Agency awarded the construction contract for Phase II of The Mall’s construction to J.B. Excavating, Inc.

Work should start in early July.

But first, let’s celebrate.

Mark your calendars for 9:30 a.m. Thursday to attend the Downtown Mall “Roof-Breaking” event, hosted by the City and Redevelopment Agency. (By the way, MarketFest also gets under way later in the day.)

The festivities will take place at the Butte Street Plaza, on the north – topless – end of The Mall, adjacent to the new Shasta College Health Sciences & University Center.

Seating and coffee will be provided.

Redding Mayor Mary Stegall -a tireless downtown advocate – and her fellow City Council member Rick Bosetti, (he’s also the Redevelopment Chair), will be hoisted skyward via bucket truck to remove the first piece of The Mall’s roof.

“Many of us have been waiting a long time for this to happen and we need to celebrate,” Stegall said in an e-mail.

“I think of it as the unlocking of our downtown!”

This will be a grand occasion, attended by city staff and officials, downtown stakeholder organizations, and anyone else interested in seeing history made in downtown Redding.

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Doni Chamberlain

Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded A News Cafe in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke. Chamberlain holds a Bachelor's Degree in journalism from CSU, Chico. She's an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She's been featured and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Washington Post, L.A. Times, Slate, Bloomberg News and on CNN, KQED and KPFA. She lives in Redding, California.

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