The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Business

June 8, 2014

Investing in Anderson's future

Businessman invests thousands to restore historic building, create new downtown housing

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The family says they enjoy working together to restore historic buildings, and they have been surprised by some of the things uncovered during their renovations.

At the Tower Place, one of the discoveries was a secret staircase.

Frakine said the stairway had been walled up at some point and buried between two floors — untouched.

Today that stairway leads to a single apartment, but Frakine said it is perfect for his future plans which include a living area for an onsite caretaker of the property.

"It will be a comfortable place to stay — very safe," he said of the apartment building.

The first floor of the building will have a community room to allow residents to gather with one another, but Frakine said the space could be used for anything.

"I want to see what my clientele demands," he said. "If they don't want to hang out with a pot of coffee, we will do something else."

While his wife said she wants to make sure the project is completed on time, Frakine he has bigger plans.

"We will be bringing people back downtown. That is what matters," he said. "And the city of Anderson is also doing a lot toward that."

Like Traci L. Moyer on Facebook and follow her @moyyer on Twitter, or call 648-4250.

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