City Exchange

The Wetsel Seed Company warehouse in Harrisonburg, VA was built in 1908, and it was originally used as a poultry-processing plant — it was once the largest poultry fattening facility in the world. In 1949 Wetsel Seed Company purchased the 50,000-square-foot lot, and they used it to store their seed. In 2005 Barry Kelley and Andrew Forward purchased the Wetsel Seed Company warehouse with the intention of constructing a mixed-use building.

Kelly and Forward have spent $5 million to renovate the building, and they finished their work in 2006 with the aid of state and federal historic tax credits. The newly renovated building is known as the City Exchange, and it provides apartments, offices, and retail space. The warehouse is now home to 32 apartments and Downtown 56, a 10,000-square-foot restaurant and martini bar. The renovated building is located in the north end of downtown Harrisonburg, and community developers hope that it will be a catalyst for downtown development.

  1. finnegan

    This was a good move. I go to Tini’s once in a blue moon. The place definitely has a unique feel.

  2. Corbin

    I’ve tried to get reservations at Downtown 56, and I’ve never been successful. I guess that’s a good indicator that the place is doing well.

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