Architect Dean Trakas and Jackie Lane; back row: Scott Lane, Mike Karaman, Crys Armbrust, Bob Lane and Mayor J. Alan Peoples outside the old St. Luke’s Thrift Store building. (photo by Patti D’Arbanville)

St. Luke’s Plaza work moves forward

Published 9:31am Monday, January 7, 2013

Downtown Tryon was abuzz with construction activity Thursday, Jan. 3 following the recent selection of Mike Karaman as the general contractor for the proposed St. Luke’s Plaza, located at 62 N. Trade Street.

“I am excited about this project,” property owner Bob Lane said, “and my hope is that St. Luke’s Plaza will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.”

The building, located at the corner of Trade and Maple Streets, has had numerous uses over the years. It has served, among other things, as a gas station, a realty office, a clothier and a thrift store. Many claim without reservation that the present renovation represents the property’s most ambitious re-use to date. 

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