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

River View Commons Principals Welcome Morgan Stanley to the Newly Renovated Downtown Salisbury Landmark


SALISBURY, MD – March 16, 2016 – Gillis Gilkerson, one of the most stable and trusted general contracting and construction management firms on Delmarva, welcomes Morgan Stanley to River View Commons located at 150 West Market Street, Salisbury, Maryland.  Morgan Stanley is scheduled to move in the weekend of March 18th and take over the third floor. 

“To have a national tenant like Morgan Stanley fill an entire floor of the new building shows the company’s level of commitment to the downtown community, said Dwight Miller, president, Gillis Gilkerson.  “With the rebirth of the old Feldman’s building, comes new opportunities and ways to improve the quality of life where we live and work.” 

Acorn Market will share space on the first floor with Angello’s Unique Gifts with plans to move in late spring and Gillis Gilkerson will relocate its offices to the second floor of River View Commons late fall 2016. 

River View Commons, LLC principals, Dwight Miller, Palmer Gillis and J.B. Barnes thank the team at Becker Morgan for their architectural services during the design phase of the renovation and Brad Gillis, CCIM of SVN, for his commercial real estate expertise in leasing the building space.   

“We also couldn’t have done this without the support from the City of Salisbury,” added Miller.  “We appreciate how open and helpful the city administration has been with the revitalization of “what was once an eye sore” thereby allowing us to develop a welcoming facility for those coming into our city.”

Gillis Gilkerson broke ground in September, 2014 initially demolishing 60,000 square feet of unusable structure, leaving the main Historical structure, then started the replacement of the roof and reinforce the walls of the 15,000 square foot original structure.  The initial phase of construction included the renovation of the existing facility and the addition of stair towers, an elevator and a common space, allowing for a total of 20,000 square feet.

History in the making…

  • In 1888, the building was situated on 20,000 square feet of land, and was originally built as a two-story warehouse.
  • The space was once a trading spot for wholesale grocer B.L. Gillis, Palmer Gillis’ uncle from five generations past.
  • The building was expanded to three stories and in the 1920’s the red brick façade was changed to a Tudor Revival style.
  • Allison A. Gillis bought the property in May 1890 and owned it until he died in 1913. His two daughters inherited it and retained the title to the property until 1923.
  • In 1923, the property was transferred to Samuel and William Feldman and was developed into Feldman’s Brothers furniture business. By the mid-1930s, it was well-known as one of the largest furniture stores in the region.

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

“Gillis Gilkerson is a first class operation and we look forward to working with their team again on the new Millsboro branch. The area is a growing and attractive community that lends itself to investment opportunities. We studied twenty different locations across the Lower Eastern Shore and Millsboro, Delaware consistently ranked near the top for growth in population, banking services, real estate transfers and traffic count.”

~ Marty Neat,
President and CEO,
First Shore Federal

“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

“For a design/build project it is unusual for the initial cost estimates and timing to be maintained and in this case the project was completed on time and the costs were held to the contract level. In going into a design/build project like this, one always wonders if the right decision was made on the contractor selected. Now that the project has been completed, I can say that I know we made the right decision with Gillis Gilkerson.”

~ Norman S. Grubb,
Assistant to the President,
USAir Express

“We embarked on a journey to create a state of the art high definition television studio and have completed that mission. The expertise from Gillis Gilkerson in all aspects of the building construction was a blessing as this project has numerous technical and on-air related projects that held the attention of our own staff. Thank you for going the extra step in making this complicated project a complete success for Draper Holdings and the entire Delmarva viewing audience.”

~ John A. Hopkins III,
Project Manager,
WBOC TV-16

“Gillis Gilkerson is awesome. They built the building so they knew it better than anyone else. We know they have a great reputation in the area and that’s why we decided to go with them for the renovation.”

~ Rocky Green,
Directory of Operations,
Peninsula Imaging

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