The new renderings show Hogan's response to the alleyway concern was to create an additional 18½-foot-wide pedestrian corridor just to the west of the east wall, inside the building, that then leads to a new main entrance that will face the canal instead of the surface parking.
The plans also show that the Durant restaurant will occupy the entire 10,000-square-foot building.
Hogan was the first designated developer for the city-owned land in 1997 and paid $3 million for the entire area, the proceeds of which were used to build walkways and bridges to accommodate his project.
The Urban Renewal Authority has design and development control of the area.
Durant last spring confirmed he has an agreement with the Hal Smith Restaurant Group to open a restaurant and bar in the new building.
“I want to start construction as soon as I can,” Hogan said. “I think we can get it done in 10 months.”
The more we got into it and restudied it, the more I realized there were some very good points raised. We went back to the drawing boards and hopefully came up with something that works. I like the building more than I did before.”