The former Marion Foam & Fabrics building has a new owner. Start of work on Popeye’s and Backyard Burgers | Local News

MIKE CONLEY

The new owner of the former Marion Foam & Fabrics building on Logan Street wants to transform this structure just as he is doing at the former Marianna Hotel.

Allen Roderick recently purchased the two-story Foam & Fabrics building at 34 Logan St. The structure was, for many years, the headquarters of the successful company which sold foam fabrics, fabrics, yarn and supplies .

But as the new owner, Roderick plans to turn it into apartments and new retail.

The building has two levels, each covering 3,800 square feet. Roderick told The McDowell News he wanted to turn the ground floor into a place for new retail. The upper floor will be transformed into apartments.

A licensed contractor for over 30 years, Roderick has rebuilt and renovated many old structures in downtown Asheville and is now doing the same for some of Marion’s buildings. Asheville architect Jim Samsel is Roderick’s partner on the Foam & Fabrics construction project.

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At the same time, Roderick owns the historic Marianna Hotel building on Main Street and is working to convert it into new apartments and commercial space.

Roderick said it’s also a historic building tax credit project, similar to ones he’s done before.

“This building is in the historic downtown district of Marion and is a neighborhood contributing building, which qualifies it for tax credits,” he said of the Foam & Fabrics building.

The structure still has a lot of leftover materials and furniture from when it was a linen business. The upper level especially has a lot of old fabrics and equipment from its previous owners and occupants.

Roderick said he doesn’t yet know when the Logan Street building will become apartments and new commercial space.

In an unrelated commercial development, a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Backyard Burgers are planned for a section of land on Sugar Hill Road near the Grandview Station mall.

Construction work is currently underway. They will be located between Bojangle’s and the former site of the Jack Frost Dairy Bar.

“The developer hopes restaurants can be open by November,” City Manager Bob Boyette said. “The two restaurants will be located on separate properties between Mill Road and the former Jack Frost property.”

Boyette said the town of Marion is working with developer Greg Edney, who advises restaurants will open by November. The owner is Norvell, Marion LLC of Morganton.

Lee J. Murillo