Officials in the Town of Smyrna have long talked about redeveloping Downtown Smyrna, but those dreams are finally starting to take shape as properties on North Main Street will soon be bought.
Smyrna Town Council members approved the purchase agreement for 6-8-10 N. Main St. by a unanimous vote Monday night at the council meeting. Local resident Ed Ide and his family will purchase the building as 2 North Main Street LLC. Ide’s name may sound familiar as his family has bought and either renovated, or is in the process of renovating, other buildings in town including 1 N. Main St.
Ide explained at the meeting that the idea to purchase the property came while talking with residents in town.
“We were looking at the buildings across the street and talking with folks in town and residents of the town, who suggested that someone should put a fine dining establishment at 2-6-8-10 North Main Street,” Ide said.
And the idea evolved from there. Ide is in the process of going to settlement with the owner of 2 N. Main St, and now with the approval from town council will purchase 6-8-10 N. Main St.
Ide’s proposal would have the entrance of the restaurant at 2 N. Main St. that will take residents to a waiting area. A second entrance at 6 N. Main St. will lead to a lobby area. The seating will be on the first and second floors of 6-8-10 N. Main St.
The goal is to do major renovations from October to March, Ide said.
Before council approved the purchase agreement, Town Manager Dave Hugg briefly spoke on the building, which he said has been in disrepair for some time.
“The purpose, again, is to not just sell to someone who will be a landlord and not be expected to do anything to the property. We expect [Ide] to do certain things and we know we’ll be getting a restored building,” Hugg said. “I think it’s a great idea.”
The purchase agreement states the town will sell the property for a price of $1; however, there are obligations that Ide must meet as part of the agreement. Ide must do $35,000 in significant improvements to the building. The restorations must be complete within 18 months. Moreover, Ide must complete the restoration recommendations made by the town’s Historic Review Board.
Councilman Robert Johnson said that having the experience of working in a large city like Wilmington, he agrees with the town moving forward with the project.
“It’s a good opportunity for the town to have someone step in, and for council to pursue them to try and work with them on the project,” Johnson said. “There’s nothing more disgusting than driving past that building every day and seeing it.”