The Planning Commission on Monday approved three new projects for the flourishing Southside.
Timothy McDonald said 12 antique dealers from the former Southside Galleries plan to open soon in a building he bought at auction at 607 E. Main.
He said the property at Main and Park Street includes a 6,000-square-foot building that was formerly used by a carpet supply firm as well as a 1,500-square-foot building in the rear.
Other tenants include Atlas Bolt and the Deep Roots landscaping firm.
The developer said Virginia Cofer may set up a Silver Jalapeno restaurant at the front of the building.
Mr. McDonald said, "This was the ugliest building on Main Street." But he said it got a new facade with the help of Greenscapes and the Lyndhurst Foundation.
Also, John Duckett said he is ready to build eight two-story townhouses on Rossville Avenue near Washington Street.
He said each will have two garages.
Mr. Duckett said a warehouse at the site could eventually be used for retail. It is now being used as a construction staging area.
A third project by Mill Direct International at 1200 Rossville Ave. will be a new recycling center.
It will handle metals, plastics and electronics.
Operating hours will be 8 a.m-6 p.m.