This artist rendering shows what the new two-story building will look like on Main Street in Madison. The building will be in between Taylor Collection and Persnickety.
This artist rendering shows what the new two-story building will look like on Main Street in Madison. The building will be in between Taylor Collection and Persnickety.
MADISON —  A new, two-story commercial building on Main Street on the site of the old blacksmith shop is planned as an attorney and businessman continues his revival of downtown.

Bridgforth Rutledge began his Main Street Renaissance in 2016 when he renovated the Price-Cox Complex, the oldest commercial building still standing in the city’s business district.

On Tuesday, Rutledge received approval from the Mayor and Board of Aldermen to construct a new building on Main Street between Taylor Collection and Persnickety.

The building will house retail on the bottom floor and office space on the top floor.

“It’s a pretty area,” Rutledge said, adding the new building will have an historic feel to it. “I think it has a whole lot of potential.”

Rutledge shared a funny story with aldermen about how when they went to demo the old structure, his daughter found skunks hiding under a table.

He said he tried to get them out using a BB gun but that didn’t work.

“Unfortunately, they went next door and sprayed in the dress shop,” he laughed. “It didn’t work out too good.”

City officials look forward to the new building and believe it’s going to be an asset to the downtown area.

Alan Hoops, director of environment and design for the city, said, “It’s going to be a nice addition to the streetscape.”

“It’s absolutely beautiful,” Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler exclaimed. “Thank you for what you’ve done on Main Street.”

Rutledge plans to break ground next week and says it will take approximately five months to complete.