After remaining vacant for several years, the former Antiques on Main building in downtown Gallatin is set to undergo a complete renovation next year.
Located at 117 West Main St., Wye – Gallatin will feature approximately 10,000-square-feet of Class A commercial office space that is able to accommodate up to 140 total employees, according to K. Clay Haynes, developer and founder of One Public Square.
“My goal with this project is to create a space where we could bring more businesses and more daytime workers to populate our historic downtown,” Haynes said. “When you bring more folks down there then they’ll eat at those restaurants and shop at that local retail.”
Haynes, who purchased the building in 2016, said the space will be different from his nearby 106 Public Square development, which provides office space for entrepreneurs and small businesses with up to four employees. Wye will be geared towards medium to large businesses with more than 20 employees.
Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Kim Baker said the project will “serve as another hub for innovation and collaboration in the center of our downtown.”
Renovation plans for the building include work to the exterior walls as well as the addition of 36 new skylights, new steel windows and a new roof as well as new plumbing, electrical and HVAC services. While the interior of the space will be able to be customized by the end user, Haynes added that “every historic element that exists will remain.”
The project is expected to start in the spring with tenants moving into the space no sooner than the fall of 2019.
As for the building’s highly visible “The New Millennium” mural, which has faded over the years and is one of the first things drivers see when entering downtown Gallatin, Haynes said it will “without a doubt” be replaced with a new piece of artwork.
“Thankfully during this construction process we’re going to have a number of months where we can go through a very thorough community engagement process to solicit feedback,” Haynes added. “I want the art that goes there to equally honor our past and inspire our future.”
The project will also be completed by a hyperlocal team that includes architect David Baird with Building Ideas; contractor Clay Curtis with Curtis Construction; development director Randall Coy with NoBox Development; civil engineer Van Oldham with GreenLid Design; utility engineer Rob Montgomery with Montgomery Engineering; and structural engineer Randall Wilson with Skyhook Engineering.
“I’m proud of the team we’ve assembled,” Coy said in a statement. “We all have a strong connection to Gallatin and that passion will be self-evident in the end product. I believe this project will be a bright spot in our historic downtown and another example of Clay’s vision.”