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Local man takes on renovation projects of dilapidated properties

Apr. 09, 2011 @ 10:45 PM      


His latest project is newly renovated building in the 600 block of 8th Street, between First Baptist Church and State Farm Insurance.

The new look features a facade of tan stucco and stone, accented with brown awnings. Radcliff said it was inspired by some buildings he saw in Florida.

Before the renovation, the building was a dilapidated structure that at one time housed a flower shop and a CAD drafting office, among other businesses. In recent years, it had been an eyesore, Radcliff said.

"I drove by this for a couple of years and got tired of looking at it," said the 1987 graduate of Huntington East High School.

Already leasing space there are Trendy Tots, a new children's consignment shop in Huntington, and Prestera, which has office space there.

The consignment shop in the center is co-owned by Danielle Frazier and Lauren Banfi, and carries popular brand names such as Carter's, Gymboree, Baby GAP, Juicy Couture Baby and others. It sells clothing for newborns up to size 14, and consignors get 50 percent.

TNP Beauty, a beauty supply store is soon to open. And there are 1,000 square feet of space still available, either for two different businesses or one.

So far, there's been quite a bit of interest in the space, Radcliff said.

"The traffic down through here is unbelievable, with everyone going to the South Side," he said.

The $450,000 shopping center project is among many that Radcliff has undertaken in Huntington to improve the look of his hometown. He also renovated apartments at 824 9th Ave., near Speedway, and most recently has torn down some dilapidated houses at 202 4th Ave. They will become climate-controlled storage units, with heat and air conditioning.

 "I've invested a couple million in Huntington over the past couple years," he said. Huntington is showing signs of improvement, Radcliff said, adding that the city should strive to encourage more development.

"If the city could help developers speed the process so they can start the project sooner, that would generate more money for them," he said.

For more information about leasing property from Radcliff, call 304-634-5993.

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