Developer Dudley Webb has bought the historical building at 101 West Main Street, at the corner of North Limestone and Main, and said he plans to restore the structure that houses Taste of Thai and Sam's Hot Dog Stand.
Webb said he bought the building because "it was available. It's a high-profile location, and it would be one of our neighbors if we get going across the street."
Webb and businessman Joe Rosenberg own the block across Main Street, which they cleared of 14 buildings, many historical, in 2008. But the block sits empty after plans for the CentrePointe development stalled.
Webb formed a limited liability corporation, 101 West Main LLC, and paid $750,000 to buy the building from the heirs of James W. Hammons.
Webb said he intended to keep the current tenants in place.
Gary Maslyn, manager of the popular Sam's Hot Dog Stand at 105 North Limestone, in the back of the building, and Stephanie Martin, owner of the business, have not talked to Webb about his plans, but they would like to stay in their current location.
"Oh, yes," Maslyn said. "Everything is in limbo right now. We won't know anything until after the first of the year."
Sam's has been in the spot almost six years, after moving from the CentrePointe block when their building was targeted for demolition.
The modest two-story brick building was built in the 1830s for a saddle shop, according to information supplied by the city's Division of Historic Preservation.
It is one of 90 parcels in the 23.5-acre downtown Courthouse Area Design Overlay Zone, where any exterior changes must go through a design review process and be approved either by the board or by staff design officer Billy Van Pelt.
Webb has hired architect Steve Graves to design the exterior renovation, including opening a row of windows on the Limestone side of the building that have been bricked up.
If final plans are filed by Jan. 25, the Courthouse Area Design Review Board will hear the case at its next meeting, Feb. 15.
Other buildings in the Design Review Overlay Zone that have recently been renovated include the Trust and Sunrise Bakery, in the same block as 101 West Main; Shorty's Urban Market, Shorty's: Cellar 157 urban wine shop, and Table 310, all on West Short Street.
Reach Beverly Fortune at (859) 231-3251 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3251.