By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
The downtown Corinth SoCo District is about to see more growth.
Two brick building shells on Wick Street in the heart of the SoCo District will soon be redeveloped into residential and business spaces.
SoCo business owner Emily McGrath and her husband, Jason, along with their business partners, Allen and Valerie Norton, recently purchased the two Wick Street properties.
The buildings will be developed into three residential apartments upstairs and two shops downstairs. The property is adjacent to the Shirley Dogs clothing store and across the street from the SoCo Grind coffee shop.
It is exciting that the project will complete the section of the street and turn an eyesore into attractive living and business properties, McGrath added.
“We’re hoping to get some really cool shops,” McGrath said.
She hopes the business spaces can be occupied by shops that offer products and services not currently in the SoCo District. Examples include a flowershop and children’s boutique, she noted.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and Preston Knight of Corinth is helping with the construction, said McGrath.
Two of the upstairs apartments will be one-bedroom, and the other one will be two bedrooms. McGrath said there will be an effort to maintain the historic integrity of the buildings and make them consistent with the look of rest of the SoCo District.
The apartments will have a rustic/industrial design and could incorporate some of the exposed brick from the original buildings.
The redeveloped building will be named Atkins’ Place in memory of the McGraths’ late neighbor Dick Atkins, who was supportive of the couple’s dreams of small business ownership.