The 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.
For more information on the Powell Building and its amenities, visit http://www.LivePowell.com.