May 22, 2019

CALL TO ACTION | Contact our State Representatives for the Empire Hotel

The Empire Hotel in downtown Salisbury, North Carolina is an iconic structure in the center of the city with a legacy stemming from the year 1855.

In 1855, Attorney Nathanial Boyden began construction on the 3-story building that would become the Boyden House. Construction lasted until December 1855 and the hotel formally opened in May 17, 1859. Over the years the building transferred owners to become the Davis House, the Central Hotel and lastly the Empire Hotel. The Empire Hotel closed for good in 1963, leaving its rooms empty for almost 40 years.

Salisbury, NC, with a population 33,524, is a central location on the I-85 Corridor between such populous cities as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. These cities boast a population of approximately 3.2 million total. Founded in 1753, Salisbury’s downtown is nationally recognized as a model for preservation and downtown development, benefiting from $130 million in investment, $60 million of which has been in the last 10 years.

In 2017, Black Point Investments, LLC signed a purchase and sale agreement with plans to develop the property into market-rate apartments. Initial plans also provide for the development of retail storefronts along South Main St., including the retail space in the large former Montgomery Ward main floor, mezzanine and basement. Combined, the project will allow for approximately 29,000 square feet of retail space.

There have been many attempts at rehabilitating the hotel over the years. The Empire Hotel has a rich legacy, and its current efforts for rehabilitation require your help.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed state budget included the Empire Hotel restoration as one of 68 local projects statewide that would receive grant money. The governor’s proposed grant would invest $26.4 million to 68 projects to spur economic development in rural areas. Communities would provide at least $1 for every $4 of state funds invested in the project.

The grant would mean $1 million for the Empire Hotel project if approved. However, the same Empire Hotel funding is not included in the state House’s budget. And Sen. Carl Ford, R-33, said it is unlikely the project will be added to the Senate budget. Ford is expecting the Senate budget to be unveiled later this month.

Please consider emailing or calling our local representatives in support of these redevelopment efforts. While Gov. Roy Cooper has outlined financial support of the rehabilitation project of the Empire Hotel, local representation is likely not going to support the project.

The restoration of the Empire Hotel means that history will live on, and a pivotal structure in the center of Salisbury's downtown again contributes to the town center's vitality. Support of the restoration project means increased food options, more retail, a more business friendly and professional downtown for Salisbury.

Contacts for our NC representatives can be found here:

To call Rep. Ford or Warren:

FORD - (919) 733-5665

WARREN - (919) 733-5784

Thank you in advance for your consideration in contacting our elected officials to support Main Street USA.

Greg Rapp Realtor®
Wallace Realty Co. 
301 S. Main Street 
Salisbury NC 28144 

May 05, 2019

Circa 1890s Victorian Cottage in Prestigious Historic District - It Can Be Yours!

Looking for that sweet Victorian storybook cottage of your dreams? Look no further. Greg Rapp with Wallace Realty offers this terrific blend of old world charm and new world comfort in a sweet single-story circa 1890s farmhouse Victorian in the heart of Salisbury, North Carolina.

308 West Monroe Street, a 1890-1910 folk Victorian Queen Anne with 1,329 square feet, two-bedrooms and 2.5 baths, is nestled between three circa 1897 sister houses in the heart of the prestigious West Square Historic District in Salisbury, North Carolina. Two large pin oaks, the owner's rock garden, and iron fencework frame the property and offer wide swaths of shade, cooling the home in summer and creating the most enjoyable front-porch experiences.

The adorable front porch is a prize-winner, with spindle friezes, trefoil brackets, and turned elements figuring prominently in its ornamentation. Decorative dentil molding trims the home's bay windows. The home's exterior was recently painted as part of many recent upgrades, including an added bath and kitchen re-do.

Stepping inside, the knock-out feature in the spacious front parlor is the tray ceiling bedecked with a stunning ceiling mural, all framed by impressive crown molding and trim. A faux-fireplace is framed by two large windows in the parlor's bay. 

The formal dining room is equally handsomely trimmed with wide crown molding.

Enter the farmhouse-style kitchen through lacy corner brackets . . . and you are sure to be impressed with plenty of cabinet space and counter work-areas.

A mudroom just off the kitchen leads to a half bath with a hidden laundry room.

The tongue-&-groove beadboard walls throughout and more handsome crown moldings are a stunning statement to the homes vintage beginnings.

The Owner's Bedroom Suite has its own private bathroom with a claw foot tub. The second bedroom has a box-bay window. Again, pretty original beadboard walls speaks to the home's vintage era.

The pretty shaded (and private!) back yard, a-bloom with irises and evergreens, offers a large outbuilding that would be perfect for a workshop, artist's studio, a "She-Shed" or "Man-Cave", or more!

In the center of the Historic West Square and only blocks from the Rowan County Library and Downtown center, which is bustling with plenty of activity, 308 W. Monroe Street is a stone's throw from Salisbury's many and varied restaurants (Italian, American Bistro, Thai, and Vietnamese, to name a few!), community theaters, shops and brewery options!

Located in a Historic District overlay, this sweet home is eligible for City of Salisbury Historic Preservation Grants for exterior improvements. The home's interior is all freshly painted. A newer roof replaced original tin roofing.

If pictures are not enough to convince you of the complete charm of this spectacular and move-in-ready Victorian cottage in the West Square, then it's time to give Realtor® Greg Rapp a call: 704.213.6846. Let Greg tell you the advantages of purchasing a historic home in Salisbury, and the rest, as they say, will be history!

308 West Monroe Street
Salisbury NC 28144

Greg Rapp 
Wallace Realty Co. 
704 213 6846 Mobile 
704 636 2021 Office 

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