By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A number of changes are underway at the former Pulaski Furniture complex, including some building improvements and the expansion of a business already located there.
Town Manager John Hawley said John Schwarz of J&S Rentals in Asheboro, N.C., which owns the complex, has been working on making the furniture factory’s old finishing plant, next to Edgehill Drive, more marketable.
Measures being taken include cutting truck-height doors on the south side of the building and removing old paint booths inside the facility. He said there has been much discussion about the need to remove the paint booths to “make the building a whole lot more marketable.”
Hawley said KTI Trucking Ltd., which is already leasing four and a half stories in “Big Blue,” is expected to be the tenant for the former finishing building. “Big Blue” is the town’s nickname for the five-story building at the corner of Third Street and Madison Avenue.
KTI also will be expanding into the building currently being occupied by Cavalier Supply, according to Hawley. He said Cavalier is moving to the former Save-A-Lot facility in Pulaski Mall in order to improve the business’ visibility.
The former “glass plant” on the north corner of Madison and Fifth Street N.E., is next in line for improvements. Hawley said plans call for a loading dock to be installed on the building.
The town also is continuing to work with Schwarz to find a client to lease the office space on the fifth floor of “Big Blue.”