The former Firestone Tire facility at Franklin Plaza is being redeveloped by Re4orm Architecture into a mixed-use fitness and recreation hub for downtown Schenectady. This includes CrossFit 518, Studio 4 Hot Yoga + Pilates, and Firestone 151 bar + restaurant. Renovations create a permeable building envelope with high-performance storefront, 11 overhead doors, a ventilated façade system of Parklex natural wood veneer panels, canopies, and an outdoor tiered patio. Reviving the intersection of Franklin + Lafayette Streets was a driver of design decisions to create visual flow with angled forms that draw pedestrian movement around the corner, extend views to City Hall and provide a new destination for the surrounding neighborhood. It is in walking distance to several downtown attractions including the Proctor’s Theater block, Union College and Jay Street, expanding the radius of activity to a previously underutilized area of the city.