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Two vacant buildings on E. Poinsett approved for upfit, facade facelift

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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The former Dixie Shoe Parlor, at 119 E. Poinsett Street, will receive a facade facelift and upfit. The Board of Architectural Review approved the application this morning.

The former Dixie Shoe Parlor, at 119 E. Poinsett Street, will receive a facade facelift and upfit. The Board of Architectural Review approved the application this morning.



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This building at 125 E. Poinsett has drawn interest from food and beverage business interests. It will also get an upfit and facade facelift.

This building at 125 E. Poinsett has drawn interest from food and beverage business interests. It will also get an upfit and facade facelift.

Two buildings on Poinsett Street owned by Demetruos Chulkas are scheduled for a façade facelift and interior upfit.

The Board of Architectural Review approved 119 and 125 E. Poinsett Street for the renovations in GreerToday at its monthly meeting. Jimmy Chulkas, representing the family, said there has been increased activity perusing the buildings for new businesses. The Dixie Shoe Shop was previously located at 119 Poinsett. Two offices occupied 125 E. Poinsett.

“We want to get these buildings looking good so someone doesn’t have to have an incredible amount of imagination to see their potential,” Jimmy Chulkas told the board this morning.

Chulkas, working with Langley & Associates Architects, told the board the original bricks will keep downtown’s architectural appearance and the awnings will retain the integrity of the color scheme approved for the historic business district.

“I think we will have a lot more success getting a tenant in there once we get the façade up,” Chulkas said. “We just want to show people the potential the buildings have.”

The upfit will include doors put on the sides of each building, electric work renovated, bathrooms built, and the concrete floor replaced and leveled.

A home décor, an unspecified retail and a bar/restaurant inquiries in the past year have spurred the upgrades, Chulkas said. “This is the hottest I’ve seen downtown Greer in a long time. I think it’s a tremendous opportunity for new businesses,” Chulkas said.

There is ample parking in the back of 125 Poinsett said Chulkas.

Linda Wood, Marney Hannon and Joada Hiatt approved the application for review. David Langley, of Langley and Associates, recused himself and Brandon Price was absent.

No date for the completion of the projects were announced.

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