SALISBURY — With tenants in upstairs apartments and businesses using the first floor, the company behind Bankett Station has turned its attention to what lies next door on the 200 block of East Innes Street.
Located on the corner of East Innes Street and South Lee Street opposite the Gateway Building, the two-storey Bankett Station building was constructed on the site of a pink granite service station of the same name. Downtown Properties is the company behind the structure, which was designed by Salisbury-based Bogle Firm Architecture and built by Vertex Construction.
The first floor of the new building is shared by four companies from the HMC family of companies, including Healthcare Management Consultants, The Dental CFO, HMC Tax Group and Xccelerated Team Performance. Businesses moved into the building when it was completed in September. The five apartments on the second floor are also all currently rented.
Now that 201 E. Innes St. is operational, Downtown Properties has focused on the nearby warehouse and vacant lot at 219 E. Innes St. Todd Dagenhart, a Downtown Properties partner and the Vice President and COO of Healthcare Management Consultants, told the Post that construction crews are currently rehabilitating the empty warehouse site, which is being marketed to potential tenants. New windows and doors have already been installed on parts of the building, giving its facade a fresh look.
The 1,450 square feet at the front of the building will be completed by mid-May, according to Dagenhart. The rear 7,500 square feet will be finished as a “hot shell,” allowing flexibility to expand the space to any type of tenant.
The vacant lot at 219 E. Innes St. will serve as parking for tenants who will eventually occupy the warehouse at 211 E. Innes St. and will also be the location of a replica of the old granite gas station that was formerly around the corner. of 201 E. Innes St. Dagenhart said the company will begin marketing the old station to potential tenants in hopes of a design/build project in the future.
“We are beginning preliminary architectural plans for this site as we speak with the expectation of starting the project within the next six months,” Dagenhart said.
The new service station will be built using granite blocks salvaged from the original. These pink stones are currently sitting in the vacant lot awaiting their turn.