Thomasville-- Stores and restaurants line the streets of downtown Thomasville. People come to do their shopping and socializing, and then they go home.
"We have a lot of activity going on, we have a very vibrant downtown that's really healthy. A lot of great, quaint stores and restaurants, and our missing piece is more downtown living," said Main Street Director Karen Smith.
But soon that missing piece will be filled with thirty brand new living spaces, in the heart of downtown on Broad street. "The lofts will be the first phase of the project and it should be completed by the end of this year, the condominium will be ready in 2008," said realtor Sharlene Celaya.
The building that once housed Thomasville's Mitchell House hotel was built in the late 1800's. Upstairs has been vacant for years, but will be converted into twenty-four condos, with a traditional finish. The retailers below will remain.
Around the corner on Jackson Street, six more contemporary, loft condominiums will be built. "I can see young people going for the lofts because that's sort of the new wave of living," said Celaya.
Now, the downtown streets of Thomasville are virtually deserted after 5:00 p.m. But everyone involved in the project hope once people are actually living here, they'll bring new life to downtown, after dark.
"To have this built in market of people living downtown, I think its going to spur other development," said Celaya.
An artist rendering shows what the finished project will look like. "When you drive in to our downtown, we have many beautiful buildings now but that will definitely make a statement. The Mitchell House will be gorgeous," said Smith.
A lot is riding on the high hopes that this new addition will add to the old beauty of downtown Thomasville.
First Thomasville Realty company says they're now taking reservations for the new living spaces.