A historic building in downtown Cheyenne that has been largely vacant since the late 1980s could soon be home to apartments, office and retail space, and possibly even a restaurant, Mayor Patrick Collins says.

Collins, who shared the plans for the Hynds Building in his Mayor's Minute column Friday, says the new owner also plans to include the Hole -- the property directly west of the Hynds where Mary's Bake Shoppe burned down in 2004.

"It will take a year to finish the architectural plans before construction begins," said Collins.

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Collins says the city has completed an Urban Renewal Plan for the Hynds and the Hole (see below) authorizing the use of tax increment financing to aid in the redevelopment of the blighted properties.

"This is a very complicated project," said Collins. "It will take private and public entities to successfully see it through."

"It is high time we see this project completed," he added.

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