Big Stone Gap’s Mututal Pharmacy Building

Big Stone Gap’s Town Manager, Steve Lawson, and Executive Director of the Big Stone Gap Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Susan Cradic are moving ahead with the massive overhaul of the Mutual Pharmacy building. The first tenant was Curklin’s Restaurant, which has often filled to max capacity in recent weeks. This change is after the authority purchased the building four years ago and over one million dollars in expenses. The next phase is gathering funding to turn the building’s second floor into apartments. This endeavor is in response to the loss of their Big Stone Gap Walmart branch, and its revenue for the area.
Currently the Housing and Redevelopment Authority has plans to apply for state funded mortgages in order to build four two-bedroom and one one-bedroom apartment. Already negotiating with local contractors, the state authority’s decision could be reached in two months. Cradic said that if everything came together soon, construction could begin as soon as March of next year.
Upstairs, the walls have already been stripped down to the basic frames and rudimentary plumbing has already been installed. The original windows are still in place pending replacement. In an area that used to be mostly office space, they now are planning fair market value apartments.


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