The old Mom’s Music store on the corner of Frankfort Avenue and Stilz Avenue is currently under renovation to take the property back to the way it appeared in the 1930s. The original structure is much older, but in the 1930s (when the one-story commercial addition was built, we presume), the facade was streamlined art-deco. The rounded corner is indicative of this style. The project will wrap a glass and metal facade along the sidewalk enclosing a series of retail spaces. The design is based from historic photos of the building. Expect to see new windows on the building in about three weeks.
Weichert Realtors/ABG Properties, currently located next door, purchased the building and plans to expand into about one third of the ground floor space. Additional ground level space will be available for retail or office space and a new upscale two-bedroom loft will be constructed in the two-story space, making the project officially mixed-use. The loft will rent for about $1800 per month and contains 1500 square feet.
With such a highly visible location and a new streamlined-modern design, the project sounds like it will make a dramatic gateway into the Crescent Hill commercial district. Now we just have to play the waiting game to see what retail might land here, but it’s certainly better to see the building brought back to its former glory than remain boarded up.