Updated: Apr 27, 2020
2018 Best Adaptive Reuse Project
Shelby , NC
A local couple, Cliff and Angela Franklin, purchased the Historic Campbell building, located at 112 North Lafayette Street, which had been vacant for over a decade. They envisioned living on the top floor, creating a new event venue on the second floor, and securing a long-term tenant for the first floor of the 26,000 square foot building.
Uptown Shelby Association connected the owners with Stacy and Travis Walter, a couple that would partner with the Franklins on plans to redevelop the property and open Greenbrook Design, a high-quality cabinet making business and kitchen and bath home center, on the first floor. The Franklins decided to use the entire second floor, the roof, and two-thirds of the third floor for their new event business, Uptown Indigo, and live in the remainder of the building. In keeping with the Uptown Shelby economic development strategy, both businesses offer live music and special events, including themed dinner parties, live kitchen demonstrations at Greenbrook Design, and First Friday events.
The $2.2 million investment, funded in part by the Community Development Block Grant/Main Street Downtown Redevelopment Fund and historic tax credits, has leveraged nine building acquisitions on Lafayette Street since the Campbell building was purchased; nine new full-time and part-time jobs, and a tax value increase of 435%.