The pricing for these buildings has seen a drop recently, perhaps spurring the recent sales of buildings that have been for sale for years. You, of course, just talked about the older ones, but there are several from the 40's and 50's that are in use today and give the area a busier feel and keep it from appearing abandoned.
I thought that the old Coca Cola building and the warehouses behind them would have been a good location for Intuition Ale Works. The Coca Cola building could be made a landmark and so tax credits could be used to convert it to offices and public space. The warehouses have no roofs at the moment and as they are not in the historic district, one could utilize the existing walls and raise the roof for the needed height in an affordable way. Anyway, that was what I saw as possibility for that location. And indicates that the area can be both preserved and adapted to today's needs by using the landmark or historic status to your advantage while do so selectively to meet your needs.
I've wanted one of thses buildings for sometime now, I just can't justify the added expense yet, though we just had to expand. The Southern Hardware & Bicycle Company building was most recently an event production company and was pretty well gone through and so is in good shape and could be moved into and used. Someone will get it before I can I'm sure.