Neglected home gets new lease on life



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.



10 Responses to Neglected home gets new lease on life

  1. curious

    March 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Was this the Dickerson residence back in 2004 where Mindy Dickerson was killed?

  2. Will

    March 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    What tourists?

  3. Jerry

    March 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    No sir.

  4. Whole E.Cow

    March 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    That was a very good ? Will

  5. rkofan4life

    March 14, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Tourists? U kidding right lol

  6. nancy

    March 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I get so mad every time the town starts talking about tourists. THERE IS NOTHING HERE TO SEE!!! The people that live here don’t go into town.

  7. James B

    March 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    We actually do have tourists that have come to the new museum and we have several dozen folks from out of town attend each and every Pulaski Mariners game and come to shows at the Pulaski Theatre. It is the losers like rkofan4life and nancy that do nothing but complain about our town and I suspect have never contributed a dime or an hour of their time to help promote Pulaski. Please do us all a favor and just shut up! or better yet, just go away.

  8. Sue

    March 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

    James B, thank you for saying something that desperately needed to be said!

  9. Morgan Welker

    March 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    What tourists??? Have you folks ever heard of the New River Trail? Do you realize that the NRT has about 1 Million visits a year? What I find more shocking is that there aren’t more places for visitors to stay in Pulaski… They are having to stay in Dublin and Wytheville. How about instead of criticizing, you encourage the folks that are trying to do this. If you’re so upset about the way things are in town, what’s your idea to make it better? Why don’t you let somebody try to do something positive and see what happens before you pass judgement? If you have a better idea, I think we’d all love to hear it. The only thing you accomplish with negativity is to discourage people from investing in town and bringing in things that people here need and want.

    • Va Girl

      March 17, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Thanks for posting the truth of the matter. If people hate their own town for no good, reason other than a crappy attitude then therein lies the problem.

      I used to run the trail almost daily. On weekends/holidays I’ve seen folks with tags from out of state parked with horse trailers. I’ve seen dozens of boy scouts at a time (in and out of state plate) hiking about. Not only that, but when you run distance (I don’t anymore BTW), you tend to talk to those who are also finishing up and stretching out after their runs. Many are from Pulaski Co. or Wythe, but surprisingly many come as far from Roanoke VERY weekend just to run the tranquil and nice, flat trail.

      Those who bash Pulaski simply have a nasty attitude. I’m originally from a big, city on the coast of Floridan and wouldn’t trade where I live now in Pulaski Co. to go back there for anything. We have the National Forest where I love to hike. The beautiful New River (one of only TWO major rivers that flow north in the world). We have historic sites and of course the NR Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway. Appalachian Trail not far off.

      Virginia and Pulaski Co. have much to offer if your idea of a fantastic life is nature, wonderful locals, and a quiet life.

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