MAIN STREET BUILD­ING RE­STORED

A+ En­ter­tain­ment moves busi­ness into ren­o­vated Souderton build­ing

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler bkeeler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @by­bob­keeler on Twit­ter

“The build­ing was all brick, so we had the whole in­te­rior sand­blasted to bring out the brick.” — Jim But­ler, de­scrib­ing the work done to the build­ing at 152 N. Main St. in Souderton

SOUDERTON » When father and son Jim and Dan But­ler bought 152 N. Main Street in Souderton last year, they were ad­vised to tear down the three-and-a-half car garage on the prop­erty.

“The build­ing was very de­crepit,” Jim But­ler said.

An old house that was also pre­vi­ously part of the prop­erty had al­ready been re­moved.

De­mo­li­tion wasn’t what the But­lers had in mind for the old garage build­ing, though.

“We spent the bet­ter part of a year ren­o­vat­ing it,” Jim But­ler said.

The boarded up win­dows are gone.

“The build­ing was all brick, so we had the whole in­te­rior sand­blasted to bring out the brick,” Jim But­ler said. The build­ing was also power-washed.

The build­ing also has a new

roof, Dan But­ler said.

“It was an as­bestos roof be­fore that, with holes in it,” Dan But­ler said.

The work also in­cluded adding elec­tric­ity, wa­ter, sewer and heat, the But­lers said.

Al­though it had most re­cently been used for stor­age, there are signs that the garage was used in the past for au­to­mo­tive ser­vice, Jim But­ler said.

At the time, the garage was an ac­ces­sory build­ing to the house, he said.

“They brought elec­tric wire over from the house, but there was no wa­ter or sewer or heat in here,” Jim But­ler said.

The house was hooked up to the pub­lic wa­ter and sewer sys­tem, al­though the garage was not, he said.

The But­lers said they tried to keep as much of the original ma­te­ri­als as pos­si­ble while do­ing the ren­o­va­tions, but also had to make changes such as adding dry­wall for fire pro­tec­tion.

An in­te­rior wall was moved to change what had been an of­fice and parts room into an of­fice and bath­room.

Ad­di­tional work was also needed to bring the build­ing up to build­ing code re­quire­ments, Dan But­ler said.

The of­fice is for A+ En­ter­tain­ment, which pro­vides disc jockey and re­lated en­ter­tain­ment ser­vices for par­ties, wed­dings and other events. In­for­ma­tion on the busi­ness is avail­able at www.a-plus-ent.com.

The move brings the busi­ness’s of­fice back to Souderton, the But­lers said.

They bought the busi­ness in 2007 and ini­tially had the of­fice in rented space on Broad Street in Souderton, then moved to an­other rented space in Har­leysville, be­fore mak­ing the move to this build­ing, which they own, Jim But­ler said.

“We ob­vi­ously wanted to re­store the build­ing and make it some­thing to be proud of and that the com­mu­nity would be proud to have sit­ting on Main Street,” he said.

“Now I think it looks re­ally nice,” he said. “We’re happy, very pleased with it.”

SUB­MIT­TED

One of the sides of 152 N. Main St. in Souderton is shown after the com­ple­tion of work to re­store the for­mer garage build­ing.

SUB­MIT­TED

Boarded-up win­dows are shown in this photo taken be­fore new build­ing own­ers Jim and Dan But­ler re­stored a for­mer garage in Souderton.

BOB KEELER — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A+ En­ter­tain­ment owner Dan But­ler sits in his of­fice in a re­stored old garage build­ing in Souderton.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.