June 26, 2018
Cumberland Holdings, LLC, the owners of the 120 Commercial building have officially commenced with property renovations to improve the building to be a dynamic, central part of downtown Salem.
On June 22, 2018, property owner Scott Chernoff of Cumberland Holdings and representatives from the Salem Chamber of Commerce conducted a short ceremony to break ground on the remodel. In attendance were key members of the project team including Jim Toporek of Studio 3 Architecture, Rich Duncan of Duncan Construction, and Pam Rushing of Coldwell Banker Commercial (the leasing agent for the property).
“The project is a renovation and conversion to a multi-tenant building,” said Chernoff. “We will have some restaurants, possibly a bar, and creative office spaces. There will be substantial renovations but the historic, beautiful elements of the property will be maintained.”
The renovations will start the process of adding two outdoor seating areas, a number of large windows, a well-lit alley, and multiple entrances to the building. The overall framework of the building will be preserved but it will receive a much-needed face lift.
“To see this come to fruition and to see the new life that is going to be breathed in to both of these projects is really exciting,” said Natalie Jasinski of the Salem Chamber of Commerce. “I know that it is going to make everyone in our town super stoked.”
The 120 Commercial Street building was originally constructed around 1870 as a stablehouse. Over the years the building has been leased by several restaurants. As construction continues, the property will open for prospective tenants.
“To have people coming in and breathing new life into the [buildings] helps the city’s goal of making [downtown] the center of Salem,” said City Council President, Steve McCoid. “We are very, very thankful, Scott, for bringing this to the city and for your vision.”