Ricotta and Visco is not wasting any time converting 496 Main Street into its new home. The law firm is spending $1.5 million to redevelop the long-underutilized downtown building that sits at the reawakening corner of Main and Mohawk.
The firm purchased the four-story, 11,440 sq. ft. property in March for $385,000 from Kent Keating. When Keating bought the building in 2007 he had plans to renovate the building for commercial and residential uses, but later decided against it.
Dean Sutton Architects is designing the new project which is expected to be ready for occupancy by the end of the year.
"We are attempting to restore the exterior to its original character and the interior will have very unique features like a glass elevator, four story atrium and exposed brick walls," says architect Dean Sutton.
Using historic photos from the Historical Society, Sutton has a guide for the renovation. Many of the "improvements" which have been applied over the years will be removed.
496 Main will join several other buildings that have been redeveloped in a two block stretch of Main Street in recent years. Architecture and engineering firm Carmina Wood Morris renovated the six-story building at 487 Main Street several years ago. A café will be opening soon in that building's ground floor.
At the south end of the block, Ellicott Development is converting the former Baker Shoe store into a mix of commercial and residential space. Bryant & Stratton college is expected to anchor the project.
Don Warfe is finishing renovations to 501 Main Street. Brodo will be opening on the ground floor and two residential units are located on the second and third floors.
At 523 Main Street, Roger Trettel has renovated a three-story building along with a connecting building on Washington Street. The Main Washington Exchange, an innovative business incubator, is filling the handsome building.