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Gillis Gilkerson Breaks Ground for the Redevelopment of the Historic Powell Building in Downtown Salisbury

Gillis Gilkerson, one of the most stable and trusted Construction Management, General Contracting and Development firms on Delmarva, joined by Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, broke ground today for construction to start on The Powell Building redevelopment at 218 West Main Street in downtown Salisbury. 

The 45,000 square foot, five story, historic structure is being redeveloped to include 20 apartments and 10,000 square feet of commercial and retail space on the Main Street plaza and Camden Street ground level. 

“Without the partnership of the city and Mayor Jake Day, this would not have been possible,” said Brad Gillis, principal, Gillis Gilkerson. “Jake is building a critical mass of commercial, cultural and civic activity in downtown Salisbury. As developers, we know this facilitates community growth and new business opportunities.”

Main Street Kids is one of the new businesses that will occupy 8,000 square feet on the first floor. The space will be designed to replicate a mini version of a city for children and parents to interact. 

“When we saw the 20-foot ceilings we knew it would fit our concept perfectly,” said Keith White, owner. “We were looking for high ceilings to create what looks like outdoor space with blue skies, telephone poles and streetlights but is really indoors and safe for children to navigate. We are excited to be a part of bringing families to Salisbury’s downtown plaza and providing an opportunity for all the local businesses to benefit from.”     

Gillis Gilkerson vice president Tyler Barnes said completion is scheduled for summer 2020. For first floor commercial space leasing opportunities at The Powell Building, contact Brad Gillis with NAI Coastal at 410-543-5115.

Gillis Gilkerson has been leading the charge to revitalize downtown Salisbury since its inception, for more than three decades. Its redevelopment portfolio includes the Hess Building, Riverview Commons, the Wicomico State’s Attorney’s Office, the Gallery Building, the Gateway Building, Fire Station 16, 110 West Main Street and 118 North Division Street in Salisbury. 

 

 


About The Powell Building

Originally custom built as a Montgomery Ward that opened in 1938, The Powell Building also served as home to Vernon Powell Shoes since the late 40’s. Its last tenant, a hair salon that occupied a small space on the first floor, moved out in 2017, leaving the building completely vacant. In 2017 Gillis Gilkerson signed a deal to buy the building from owner Joseph Wright with an obligation to identify a main tenant and redevelop the building.


About Gillis Gilkerson

In its 37th year of building and real estate development on Delmarva, award-winning Gillis Gilkerson has built a reputation as one of the most trusted and stable construction management and general contracting firms on the Peninsula. From new commercial construction to renovation, the company’s construction managers offer broad and deep experience in diverse industries such as medical, industrial, manufacturing, hotels, multi-family housing, houses of worship, restaurants, retail, schools and more. Its full-service real estate development expertise offers custom solutions for land purchase, building program development, turnkey project management, obtaining permits and approvals, property management, property marketing, purchase, lease, and lease/purchase options. The team works in conjunction with architects, government planners, engineers, surveyors, inspectors, contractors, and leasing agents to manage the development process from concept to completion.


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What Our Clients Say

“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,
President,
Becker Morgan Group

“Gillis Gilkerson was far and away the most accommodating and skillful contractor I have ever dealt with in the building profession. They finished the job on time and under budget with absolute minimum disruption to our services.”

On behalf of Don Kelly, supervisor of the new addition to the 10th Street Medical Office in Ocean City, MD

~ Stephen Waters,
Medical Director,
Atlantic General Health System

It has been 16-months since a fire totaled our clubhouse and we are now getting ready to open the doors to our new building and begin a new era at the Wicomico Yacht Club. The Gillis Gilkerson team was professional, constantly communicating with us and sticking to their very accurate timeline. We thank them for a job well done
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Commodore Peter Hanulak
Head Officer, Wicomico Yacht Club Command Staff

“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,
President,
Bay Area Receivables, Inc.

“Only in knowing of the years of frustration and disappointment in our futile attempts at relocation, expansion and renovation can one understand my elation in seeing a long sought out dream brought to fruition by the professional and caring team at Gillis Gilkerson.”

“Gillis Gilkerson not only wanted our project but also performed it to our exact specifications within our extremely tight time frame – 20 working days!  If asked again, I would build with Gillis Gilkerson – in a heartbeat!”

~ Robert F. Morris,
President,
Delmarva Gymnastics Academy Inc.,
Salisbury, MD

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