Gillis Gilkerson - Construction Managers / General Contractors
150 West Market Street, Suite 200, Riverview Commons, Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410-749-4821 - Fax: 410-749-7934

The Powell Building

Salisbury, MD

Historic Powell Building

In October 2019, Gillis Gilkerson broke ground on the redevelopment of Downtown Salisbury’s historic Powell Building, former home of Vernon Powell department store. For years prior, the +/- 45,000 square foot, five-story building sat vacant, underutilizing valuable space on the Main Street Plaza. Backed by a portfolio of successful adaptive reuse redevelopments, Gillis Gilkerson’s development team purchased 218 West Main Street and began the process of transforming it into a mixed-use luxury apartment building.

“Prior to our purchase, we saw undeniable potential for the Powell Building to adopt a new use, bringing both residential and commercial opportunity to the Plaza. Of equal importance, we also recognized its historical significance,” said Gillis Gilkerson Principal Joey Gilkerson. “It’s as unique of a building as they come and one of our main goals was to maintain its historical integrity throughout the redevelopment process. So many of its original features are incorporated into the new design and truly make it a one-of-a-kind apartment building.” 

In addition to +/- 10,000 square feet of plaza-fronting commercial retail space, the Powell Building now features 20-apartment units. Within a year’s time, Gillis Gilkerson’s construction team executed a seamless renovation led by Vice President Tyler Barnes with onsite management provided by Superintendent Charlie Morris.

From Camden Street, residents of the Powell Building are offered access to covered garage parking, self-storage units and a fitness facility. The Main Street level, accessible from Downtown Salisbury’s Plaza, is soon to be occupied by Main Street Kids, an educational activity center for children. The remaining three stories feature modern, luxury one and two bedroom apartment units, all offering their own unique layouts and industrial accents. Each level of the Powell Building features exposed brick walls, original columns, and duct work, creating an industrial aesthetic further accented by vaulted ceilings, contemporary light fixtures, and stainless steel appliances. 

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What Our Clients Say

“Your generosity of time, energy, employees and community service has enabled our patient to have safe, reliable access in and out of her home to continue dialysis three times a week. The ramp also provides an exit for the patient in the event of an emergency.”

~ Thelma Price,
Social Worker,
Deer’s Head Center Kidney Dialysis Unit

“Dwight Miller’s … knowledge of pricing and quality gave us one of the nicest office structures in Salisbury. Thank you Gillis Gilkerson!”

~ Edward J. Williams,
Peninsula Cardiology Associates, P.A.

“Throughout the construction phase of this project it was necessary to page a representative from Gillis Gilkerson on a daily basis. I would estimate the average response time for a response was about three minutes. The team was always eager to address any questions or concerns that I had, and when any small problem did arise, they were always fixed quickly and efficiently. In short, there was little disruption of my busy practice and loss of income due to time spent working with the contractor.”

~ John Burkett,
Burkett and Burkett, D.D.S., P.A.

“The craftsmanship and skill demonstrated by the Gillis Gilkerson team was truly reflected in the finished project! I have had countless compliments on the outcome of the office, both from staff and clients.”

~ William C. Fisher,
Bay Area Receivables, Inc.

“Your private commitments as well as the public contributions continue to be fine examples for all businesses in Salisbury to follow. Your accomplishments throughout town and especially in the downtown plaza are the envy of many business leaders.

~ W. Ron Morgan, AIA,
Becker Morgan Group

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