CASPER, Wyo. — Exterior renovation and preservation efforts are underway at the old Pacific Fruit & Produce Company building on West Midwest Avenue in Casper’s historic Old Yellowstone District.
Scaffolding surrounds nearly the entire exterior of the building that is next door to a restored warehouse complex that now houses Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana, ART 321 and the Drinkery, which was previously Urban Bottle.
The entire complex on that block was originally part of a sprawling combination of warehouses for business and importers that operated near what was then rail yards in the early to mid-20th century.
According to Martin Axlund, director and broker with Brick & Bond Real Estate and Development, work is currently focused on repairing and cleaning the building’s brick façade.
“At present, our work is confined to the façade,” Axlund said in an email to Oil City News. “However, once a tenant is identified we will customize the space to fit their specific needs.”
“As part of our ongoing efforts to revitalize the Old Yellowstone District, we are particularly excited about this property,” he said.
The work is ramping up nearly three years after the building was purchased by Midwest Urban Development, one of the True companies, which also operates Brick & Bond. The building had been previously used as storage for Magic City Stoves & Fireplaces.
It’s one of a number of properties the True companies own in the OYD, including ,most notably, the Nolan retail and townhome complex nearby on David Street.
No timeline was given for the ongoing warehouse project.