BY EMILY LE COZ
TUPELO – It's the first time a building and not a human being has won the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association's Award for Excellence.
But according to president Rick Willis, The Belfry deserves it.
Willis presented the engraved glass memento to Belfry business partners Mike Greer, Tommy Morgan and his son Adam Morgan. The men turned one of downtown's most neglected buildings into a bright spot for the community.
“This beautiful new (yet) old building is an imposing structure and a great addition to the downtown Tupelo landscape,” Willis said at the brief presentation during the association's regular meeting Tuesday at the CREATE Foundation.
Nearly three years ago, Greer and the Morgans bought the building, which once housed numerous city, county and governmental offices, and renovated it into four floors of luxury apartments and a ground floor with office space. The project wrapped up last year.
Today, all the apartments are occupied and 60 percent of the offices are leased. Only the top-floor penthouse remains vacant.
“I felt like it was an honor to be recognized and more than anything to be associated with all the great things we have going on right now,” Adam Morgan said. “Downtown really seems to be on the move and we are honored to be an integral part of it and appreciated the attention.”
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