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

Truitt Street Community Center

Salisbury, MD

grey building surrounded by trees

The closing of Calloway Street Gym placed the status of several Salisbury based community programs in question. In their search for a solution to this problem, the City of Salisbury engaged Gillis Gilkerson’s development team.

“Mayor Day was looking for a building to renovate so the kids and programs wouldn’t be displaced,” said Kevin Lindsay, Neighborhood Relations Manager for the City of Salisbury.

Gillis Gilkerson developers identified 319 Truitt Street, a vacant +/- 5,000 square foot warehouse, as a potential location for a new community center. After purchasing and completing extensive renovations, the developer leased the building to the City of Salisbury. Truitt Street Community Center features new gym flooring, two basketball hoops, soccer goals and open space suitable for table activities and meetings.

Over 100 children ranging in age from 10 to 18 frequent the center regularly to attend after-school tutoring programs and life skill seminars. The center also hosts local basketball leagues and offers a complete dance studio. Truitt Street Community Center is the first of four community centers planned for under-served neighborhoods in Salisbury. The portion building is shared with Chesapeake Health Care.

“When the City reached out, we knew we could help in a way that would prevent them from having to secure a bond to relocate the community center,” said Joey Gilkerson, Principal of Gillis Gilkerson. “It’s pretty cool to see the building hosting so many different community events. From women’s conferences to hip-hop dance classes… the opportunities provided by this space are endless.”

“Working with Joey has been great. When the heater died, he was on it. He is always on top of things and he understands the importance of what we are doing here.”

Kevin Lindsay, Neighborhood Relations Manager

Quick Facts:

  • Community Asset
  • 5,000 Square Feet
  • Warehouse Redevelopment
  • Municipal Solution
  • Adaptive Reuse

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~ Dennis Silicato,
Silicato Development

“With the help we received from Gillis Gilkerson we were able to reduce the number of errors, assure compliance of engineering specifications, expedite construction and obtain competitive bids.  We appreciate the team’s patience, loyalty to the job and the integrity shown throughout this project.”

~ Jerry Lyster,
Purchasing Director,
Kosher Empire Poultry, Mifflintown, PA

“If it wasn’t for the help from Gillis Gilkerson, I wouldn’t be able to get out of my house. From the wheelchair ramp to the handrail, the company made it possible for me to walk outside my home. I can’t thank them enough for their time, effort and patience.”

~ Elizabeth Anderson,
Salisbury Resident

“We are very happy to have Gillis Gilkerson as the contractor for our new service center. As a cooperative we understand the value of working with local businesses. Locally owned and operated, Gillis Gilkerson has been serving the Delmarva region for over 30 years. We know they will produce a quality structure that will serve the employees and members of Choptank Electric for many years.”

~ Bob Behlke,
Vice President of Member Services
Choptank Electric

“Throughout my 17 years engaging on these types of projects, I can honestly say that Mike (Truitt) was one of the best contractors that I have ever worked with. Throughout the process, Mike provided superior customer service and his communication far exceeded my expectations. Most importantly, he delivered the building on time and with the exact specifications that were discussed. In addition to customer service, Mike and his company provided high-level workmanship. It was clear that Mike took pride in every phase of the project and that pride showed in the final product. Every part of the build out was delivered flawless. Both the interior and exterior of the building are beautiful!”

~ John Strzegowski,
Executive Director,
Mid-Atlantic Region – Catapult Learning

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