A couple months back I was doing some healthy rumor-mongering about a line of brick buildings on Smith Street that were being offered by the ever-agressive Massey Knakal real estate firm as a solid block. 252, 254 and 260 Smith Street could be picked up as a package for $3.5 mil and done with what the buyer would.
As Brownstoner already reported this morning, and I just noticed the same AM, said grouping is "in contract." Indy shops Refinery, Area and Flirt have given up their spaces. I'll bet you dollars to donuts that when the buildings come tumbling down—which they will—the strip will come back as one big building on community-irking dimensions.