Commercial Street buildings undergo revamping
Two downtown buildings are receiving a much-needed sprucing up in the coming year.
e building that houses both Ali Naser’s Pizza and Tallyman Gold and Coin at 1-to-5 Commercial St. is the rst in line for renovations from its very foundation up, running for two months until March 1. is will be followed by the adjoining structure at 9-to-11 Commercial St., which will be reworked for more o ce and retail space.
“My father Jamie Bagnell is the landlord of that space and he sees that there’s going to me a lot more demand for more space; essentially, he wanted to not only make it more functional, so people can have the space, but make it look nice so it would complement the town,” said Gabriel Bagnell, sales and market representative for Queen’s Realty Ltd.
Renovations were put into effect after Jamie Bagnell talked to Truro’s Heritage Committee and agreed to restore the buildings to their original look, under e Common Works program.
The neighbouring building at 9-to-11 Commercial St. will have a rst oor devoted completely to retail space, totaling 10,000 square feet. Its upper oors will feature 20,000 square feet of o ce space, according to Gabriel. e building section covering 9 Commercial Street will be expanded to a complete two-storey structure and an extra third level added above.
“We’re very excited for it,” said Gabriel.
Meantime, 1-to-5 Commercial St. will be lifted up on new foundations and cosmetics will include items such as new siding, walls and windows. Its upper level will be converted to o ce space.
Ali Naser’s Pizza will benefit from a revamped washroom area and a new air exchange unit to keep its kitchen cooler.
These two buildings on Commercial Street are due for a full-scale makeover of their strip that will be completed in 2020.