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Nashville farmer renovates $100 building

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A Nashville farmer is renovating a historic building he bought for $100.

Nashville doesn't have many accommodations for visitors staying overnight.

Now Terry Danforth is giving a downtown building a makeover and by next year, guests will stay in executive suites.

Terry Danforth bought this building in downtown Nashville for a $100.

"I never expected to win the building but thought I was making a special donation to a good cause," said Danforth.

Nashville Better Hometown raffled off the building back in June for 100 dollars a ticket. It's an art deco style building that was built in the 1930s.

Danforth is working to transform the building into four executive suites and is thinking about naming it "Our Place."

"We've always had to send people from out of town to spend the night for kind of upscale accommodations," said Danforth.

The renovations are expected to be completed by January.

Danforth is a farmer and he's built shops and sheds before but has never undertaken a construction project like this.

"It's interesting," said Danforth. "I like the challenge."

Danforth says the hot weather has impeded construction on the $75,000 project.

"As the weather cools off and peanut season ends we'll get more into this project," said Danforth.

And crews are hard at work in downtown Nashville finishing up new sidewalks with the help of a grant from the Department of Transportation.

"We're trying to make it more appealing to people to bring them into our downtown area we've got approximately close to a million dollars in grants to beautify our downtown and help with some of the infrastructure," said Nashville Mayor Travis Harper.

Terry Danforth believes the executive suites will be something the Nashville can be proud of.

Terry Danforth remembers he and his wife buying their wedding bands in that same building when the bottom floor was used as jewelry store in the 1980s. He says he'd never thought he'd own the building.

 
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