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Renovation Planned for Zettler Hardware Building Downtown

Brent Warren Brent Warren Renovation Planned for Zettler Hardware Building DowntownRendering of the proposed renovation, via Berardi + Partners.
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A plan to renovate the Zettler Hardware building at 101 E. Main St. was approved by the Downtown Commission yesterday.

A small addition to the building will add square footage on the second and third floor, and also accommodate a new rooftop patio for tenant use. The upper floors will be fitted for office use, while the first floor will feature retail space.

“It’s been an interesting project,” said Greg Salvato, of Zettler Realty Company. “We’ve been doing pre-construction work, emptying the building out, and there was just decades of history in there… it’s like a time capsule.”

Zettler Hardware was a general store before it was a hardware store, and it was located on North Fourth Street – where Mikey’s Late Night Slice is now – before moving to the building at the corner of East Main and North Third streets (the tile entryway of Mikey’s still reads “Zettler”).

The upper floors of the building, which is about 125 years old, held a couple of small offices but were mostly used for storage in the decades that Zettler Hardware occupied the first floor, according to Salvato. One of the finds from the clean-out was a program for a gubernatorial inauguration from the 1890’s.

Salvato said that construction will likely take most of 2018, with the first spaces opening either in the fall of next year or in January of 2019. Compton Construction will lead the renovation effort.

Salvato added that they are in talks with several potential tenants, including one that could take up a significant portion of the first floor. Parking for the building will be available in the 22-space lot at the corner of South Lazelle Street, just on the other side of Pecan Penny’s.

Also approved at Tuesday’s commission meeting was a brownstone-style building abutting the Topiary Park that will replace a surface parking lot owned by Motorists Insurance Group. The approved design is similar to the one brought to the commission last summer.

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