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Architectural Salvage Greensboro NC

Architectural Salvage of Greensboro, a project that rescues and recycles materials from historic structures to sell in a retail showroom, is packing up and shipping its estimated 20 tons of inventory to a new home outside of the center city.

The current Architectural Salvage showroom is in a 14, 000-square-foot space at 300 Bellemeade St. in downtown. That property is under contract to be bought by an entity managed by The Carroll Cos. to make way for the firm’s planned $50 million, 4-acre, mixed-use project downtown, which the Triad Business Journal first reported in January.

Architectural Salvage is moving to a 10, 000-square-foot building at 1028 Huffman St., southeast of the East Wendover Avenue and U.S. 29 interchange. The warehouse property was built in 1953 and is owned by a division of Koury Corp.

The space has a drive-in dock where the Architectural Salvage truck can load and unload and also provides the visibility of Wendover Avenue, one of the Triad’s most highly trafficked corridors.

Architectural Salvage’s deadline to move out is June 13, Enos said, which means this week and next will involve lots of prep work, with between 10 and 20 volunteers coming in and out prior to Delancey Street Movers starting to pick up inventory.

“They’ll have 15 people working on this for at least four days, ” Enos said.

Typically, moving offices includes boxing up inventory and hitting the road. But Architectural Salvage’s inventory is more unusual than most and includes items such as bathtubs, sinks, lampposts, doorknobs, chests of drawers, windows, medicine cabinets and chandeliers. Bathtubs are probably the single biggest bulk items, reaching up to 300 pounds each, Enos said, while columns spanning 12 feet require creative packing logistics.

“Flooring, it may weigh maybe 10 pounds a piece, but there’s probably 4, 000 or 5, 000 pieces of it, ” Enos said.

Roy Carroll, president of The Carroll Cos., said in an interview with the Triad Business Journal on Monday that his firm is working to finalize plans for the entire project.

“The thing about a mixed-use project is there’s multiple facets to it, ” he said. “It’s complex, so there’s a lot of moving parts.”

One of the conditions of The Carroll Cos. purchasing 300 Bellemeade St. was that it would be vacant, he said.

“Their lease was up — we’re not just kicking them out, ” he said. “We extended that to try to help them out. It’s not a ‘big bully Roy kicking out poor Architectural Salvage in the street.’”

Carroll said his firm has spent the past five weeks working with existing businesses in that area — including a church and dance studio — on relocation plans.

“We had a number of businesses that are in the buildings that we possibly will be taking down or doing something different with. We’ve just been working with these folks as best we could to help relocate them, to help minimize the impact. (We’re moving) slower than anticipated because I didn’t want to push anybody out.”

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