By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
A building in downtown Corinth has been brought back to life thanks to a large-scale renovation undertaken by two local developers.
About a year ago, the two-story building at the corner of Fillmore and Wick streets in the SoCo District was a gutted shell.
But today it has five upscale apartments on the top floor and five retail/office spaces on the bottom.
The Alliance, the local economic development organization, has already leased three spaces totaling about 3,000 square feet on the bottom.
“We’re excited to have The Alliance in there,” said Robert Williams, who redeveloped the building with Zane Elliott.
One retail tenant, who has not been revealed, has also committed to one of the five retail spaces.
The other retail space, which is about 1,000 square feet, is still available for lease at $750 per month.
All five of the apartments upstairs have been leased, and two of them are already occupied.
Some of the old brick and clay walls were left exposed inside the apartments to give the units additional character.
Moreover, the apartments boast new appliances, including washers and dryers in each unit, granite counter tops, hardwood floors and private, covered balconies.
Putting the balconies on the apartments was very important to Elliott and Williams since the building is situated in downtown Corinth with views of the C.A.R.E Garden and Franklin Courtyard.
Elliott and Williams are both very happy with how the project turned out. Elliott said the building used to be the Mitchell department store and that the upstairs was once called toyland. The building dates to around 1930, Williams said.
The total building is about 10,000 square feet, and the project involved putting on a new roof, walls, floors, windows, a sprinkler system, walk-in closets, crown molding and many other features.
The windows in the apartments provide much natural light and nice views of downtown.
The Alliance is in the process of moving out of its current Cass Street building to relocate downtown. Corinth State Farm Agent Scott Sawyer has purchased The Alliance’s building on Cass Street for his firm’s offices.