Couple buys building near West School

After a lot of attention early in the summer, the building located at 1931 W. Main St. has new owners and a new plan. New owners Charlie and Jessica Christiansen purchased the building at the end of September. Since then, they’ve been working closely with architects and the city to get the building up to code and set the stage for renovations.

The building drew attention in June after a proposed package liquor store was denied a conditional use permit. The building is located near Jefferson City's West Elementary School, and several people from the neighborhood spoke out against the proposal and the city listened to their concerns.

Jefferson City natives, the Christiansens want to assure their neighbors that whatever goes in the space will be family-friendly. Charlie hopes to move his Shelter Insurance Agency into part of the building by Jan. 1, 2014. The extensive amount of work needed, however, may move that date back. Charlie has been renting office space on Industrial Drive and was ultimately looking for his own space.

“This is a prime location, and close to our house,” Charlie said of the West Main Street building.

Along with the Shelter Insurance office, the Christiansens hope to provide more office space to other businesses, as well as have a business that would be fun for the community. The couple has been brainstorming the possibilities — coffee shop, custard shop, etc. Whatever ends up in the location, the couple want to be sure it isn’t taking business away from already established businesses in that area.

At this point, no definite plans are in place for the building. Renovations will first bring the building up to code, utilizing professional plumbers and electricians. The couple said they hope to open the space up, taking down the sections and eventually re-section it off.

“We’re both passionate about real estate,” Jessica said.

The couple wants the community to know they are local and value the community. They want the building to be a space where people can have a pleasant experience and come back again.

“We love old buildings,” Jessica said, noting they hope to renovate, but also keep its character.

“We’re here to stay and really look forward to having a place where people can have a good experience,” Jessica said.

The Christiansens hope people will be patient as they explore their options and work to get the building in operation. They also welcome feedback and are open to ideas.

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