Roanoke downtown to get new pharmacy and apartments

January 15, 2014 by  

The Horton Building, located at the corner of First Street and Kirk Avenue in downtown Roanoke, is undergoing renovations estimated to cost a total of $1.6m. When the renovations are finished, which should be in the spring of 2014, the building will house four retail spaces and six apartments. Rents range from $850 to $2,000 per month, and two ground-floor units are already leased.

Among the commercial tenants are LinDor Arts, and a pharmacy to be manned by pharmacist Scott Fauber, for whom this will be a second location. Price Gutshall works with an organization called Downtown Roanoke Inc., and was instrumental in convincing Fauber to move into the Horton. Gutshall notes that he had been hearing from downtown residents that they wanted a pharmacy they could walk to, since the last one in the area closed in 1998.

A local landmark, the building has had several owners and housed a number of stores since its construction more than a century ago. The building’s history intrigued Rick and Kelly Sheridan to the point that four years ago, they bought it.

Sheridan has also been sensitive to the building’s history, and has tried to keep as much of the original building intact as possible. He has used pieces of the original ceiling in renovations, and still has some of the decades-old tile flooring in place. Although the apartments have modern amenities, original features have been restored rather than replaced.

The Sheridans could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for potential renters, both commercial and residential, describing the renovations and the building’s desirability.