Downtown Murray has had its share of fires that damaged several buildings in 2014. Green Space Properties member Jayson Roberts says the building on 301 Maple St. could’ve been another fire hazard downtown before they renovated it.
“Now, this is one less thing they have to worry about,” Roberts said.
The building was converted into two, two-bedroom apartments and three, three-bedroom apartments, as well as office space. Both one-bedroom apartments have people moving in next week.
“I cannot express the amount of disrepair that this was in,” Roberts said.
Roberts says they took the place apart, replacing the floors, walls, plumbing, and electrical work. The building was donated to Murray Main Street.
Murray Main Street Director Deana Wright says they sold it to Green Space Properties at a discounted price on the agreement they would build apartments.
“When they came to us and wanted to put up apartments there…That's been our dream for many years, even before the disasters in 2014,” Wright said.
Green Space Properties started the project in November. Roberts says that’s a quick turnaround when you consider how old the building was and the amount of work it required. He said the city’s support has made the process a lot better.
“Really thrilled with how the community has gotten behind this,” Roberts said.
They started working on the project in November. Before these apartments, downtown Murray had two residences.
As more people start to live downtown, like when the 20 to 24 apartments in the old tobacco warehouse nearby are finished, Wright feels it will push more retail and restaurants to pop up.
“There are a great number of things going on with the rebuilding of the Peel and Holland building where the fire was, and new stores coming back downtown,” Wright said.
Embers, a new restaurant, opened this summer, and Wright says they would love more restaurants and shops.
“It brings a nightlife that we really need down here, and I think it's not a quick fix. It's not something that's going to happen overnight,” Wright said.
With every new addition, Wright feels downtown is becoming more lively.
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