Thursday, May 19, 2005

Renovations, other improvements underway in city

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

The old Seale’s Drug Store building is one of two structures on the square in downtown Holly Springs that is undergoing restoration and will be put back into use.

A portion of the Buford’s Furniture store structure is also under renovation. Crye-Leike Realty will move its Holly Springs office into the side portion of Buford’s. The upper floors of the downtown building will be used as apartments, according to Crye-Leike representative Lisa Anderson.

Tim Liddy, owner of the Seale’s building, said he expects commercial or retail customers to lease the downstairs space. Three apartments will be available for rent upstairs. And a balcony will be added to the side of the building that faces Market Street and the Chamber of Commerce office.

Other improvements around town being undertaken by volunteer donations and efforts include the planters installed by the City Beautiful Commission in conjunction with local businesses around the downtown square, flags displayed around the square kept up by the local VFW post, new benches placed at the Veterans’ Memorial donated by the VFW and Nathan and Shirley Cottrell, and new plants and landscaping at the Veterans’ Memorial provided this year by First State Bank with the help of Ronnie Hangey.

“We want to be dedicated to maintaining this,” said Todd Tally, president of First State Bank. “The VFW approached us for help.”

A ceremony for the lighting of the eternal flame at the Veterans’ Memorial is set for Friday afternoon, May 27, at 5:30 p.m. The state commander for the VFW and political figures have been invited to the ceremony.

The Welcome to Holly Springs sign is being redesigned by Chelius H. Carter. It will be installed at the south entry to Holly Springs on the VFW property.

The City of Holly Springs has agreed to provide the power for lighting the welcome sign.

“You know it’s catching,” said Beverly Brown, president of City Beautiful.


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