Construction crews have been gutting a building in Downtown Baldwyn to make way for new commercial and residential space.
The building, located at 111 East Main Street, most recently served as the home of a gymnastics building. Employees of Kimes & Stone have been busy ripping out the interior walls and existing second floor to create new spaces for living and shopping.
The approximately 8,000-square-foot building will be split into fourths. The ground floor will be divided by a wall into two separate retail rental spaces. Each space will have approximately 2,000 square feet.
Gary Stone said he plans to renovate the upper floor of the building into two loft apartments.
Separate completion dates
The retail spaces are expected to be ready by April, but Stone does not have a projected completion date yet for the apartments. However, he does expect they will go quickly once they are ready to lease.
“There are several loft apartments in Baldwyn now and they stay rented,” said Stone, “I feel confident the new loft apartments will be snatched up quickly.”
Mississippi Main Street Director Lori Tucker is excited to see new growth in Downtown.
“I love our town,” Tucker said. “It’s always exciting to see new businesses sprout up, new residents moving into town and the economy being enriched. It is our local business leaders, real estate owners and little mom and pop shops that make Baldwyn a great place to live and work.”
The project is also good for Stone’s team in another way.
“We had planned on renovating this building on rainy days due to other projects requiring clear outdoor weather,” Stone said. “Wet weather usually provides down time in construction work, but we will have the retail project to keep us busy.”