A major project is taking shape in downtown Roanoke, and a birds-eye view provides a fresh perspective.
From historic Market Square, the view remains the same. On top of Center in the Square, the transformation is coming into focus, from the area that will house a rooftop restaurant to the curved beams of the butterfly habitat.
Jim Sears is the President of Center in the Square. "You can look at plans, and you're never quite sure what it's going to feel like, and the feel is so important," Sears told WDBJ7. "And what I think it's going to feel like is great."
$11 million in donations and $20 million in tax credits will pay for the renovations, but Sears is still hoping to raise a few hundred thousand dollars more to make the project, he says, the best it can be.
The work should be completed by the end of the year, and ready to re-open next Spring after Center's cultural organizations move back in.