JONESBOROUGH, Tenn - The old post office in the historic town of Jonesborough, Tenn., is being transformed.
The town's mayor, Kelly Wolfe, owns his own construction company.
He's combining his knowledge of what the town needs and his building experience to make the best impact on town.
He said the remodel includes four loft-style apartments upstairs, and a new restaurant downstairs.
Wolfe said the added living space is vital.
"We need people living in downtown Jonesborough to help create everyday traffic for restaurants, for coffees shops, and for stores.This will help towards that goal," said Wolfe.
He's also addressing a common complaint he hears.
"I hear it all the time, 'we need more good restaurants in town.' So, our goal is to have a restaurant that will serve three meals a day, and be a reliable place for not only tourists, but also for locals who want to come in," Wolfe explained.
Joan Furches has lived in town for 50 years. She's seen Jonesborough change throughout her time there.
"It's growing and it's getting more business now. I think it's really on the up," said Furches.
She's among those voicing support for more restaurants in town.
"People that come here spread the word when they leave. And that really helps. Word of mouth is better than anything," Furches explained.
The mayor said the apartments are set to be completed by the end of the year.
The rent will range from $600 to $1,500 depending on the size.
Plans show the restaurant will open next year.
Wolfe also said the building is a historical landmark and the reinvestment project will be about $1 million.