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Before the 13-story Concho Commons begins to reshape the city’s skyline, workers must first excavate, and the figure of one near the center of this photo gives a little scale to just how deep the downtown hole is now. Daily Record photo by Anita Miller

Digging deep to build tall

The first steps toward the lengthy renovation of CM Allen Parkway began on Monday with the removel of old pavement. The project, which includes roadway, sidewalk and landscaping improvements, will mean the arterial roadway that winds along the San Marcos River will be closed to traffic for nine months. The city says special provisions will be made for events at the adjacent San Marcos Plaza like Sights & Sounds of Christmas. Daily Record photo by Gerald Castillo

Road work begins