A sky path may be the key to filling a historic building that has sat vacant in downtown Cheyenne for nearly 30 years.

Cheyenne's four economic development organizations are asking the city to help fund a $2.45 million sky path, which would connect the Hynds Building to the Jack R. Spiker Parking Structure.

"The city's making a request for a $2 million grant from the Wyoming Business Council," said Anja Bendel, Director of Business Development for Cheyenne LEADS. "In order to get the full $2 million, the city has to put in $450,000."

Bendel says a private investor is interested in purchasing the Hynds Building, but only if the parking problem is answered.

"The tenant will not commit to the space without having parking available," said Bendel. "If we want to have the building occupied and no longer vacant that piece of infrastructure needs to be put in place."

Bendel couldn't identify the tenant, but says they are a national firm that plans to employ 40 to 60 people.

"It'd be high-end office work," said Bendel. "The firm is interested in the top four floors of the five story building and then the bottom floor would be a retail-oriented business."

If the City Council gives the project the green light and the grant is approved, construction on the sky path would start sometime next year.

Joy Greenwald, Townsquare Media
Joy Greenwald, Townsquare Media

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