After falling into such disrepair it ended up on the condemned list, a Pulaski home is getting a new lease on life and will eventually provide overnight accommodations for tourists.
According to David Quesenberry, Pulaski’s assistant town manager and zoning administrator, the house at 132 Third St. NW was condemned at one point due to conditions inside the structure. However, Tye Kirkner purchased it several years ago and has been “refurbishing and repairing” the interior and exterior of the structure so it could be saved.
Now he is selling it to interior designer, Cathy Stripling, owner of “Save My Place” in Blacksburg. She intends to turn it into a tourist home.
Kirkner and Stripling petitioned Pulaski Planning Commission Monday night for a zoning amendment that would allow a bed and breakfast in the B-3 Central Business District so Stripling can proceed with the project. However, during the course of a public hearing, it was determined a tourist home, rather than bed and breakfast, already would be allowed by right in the district.
According to Quesenberry, tourist homes allow persons to stay overnight, but meals are not served, as is the case with a bed and breakfast. Since tourist homes already are allowed the project can move forward without the need for a zoning change.
The planners still voted to recommend amending the zoning ordinance to allow bed and breakfast establishments as a special exception in the B-3 district so requests can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
In a report to the planning commission, Quesenberry said the proposed project is “part of the continuing effort to attract persons and businesses into the downtown from the (New River) trail.”
In response to the proposal, Pulaski Economic Development Director John White said, “As members of the Planning Commission know well, the town needs more lodging for visitors to the community.” He said the Dora trail connector to New River Trail State Park, Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Transportation Museum, Pulaski Theatre, and the planned Fine Arts Center extension are only increasing the need.
The house is adjacent to First Methodist Church’s rear parking area and across from Pulaski County Administration Building.