The former Barksdale Market at the corner of Barksdale and Nelson is undergoing a massive renovation that will convert the site from a convenience store into condominiums.
Hamed Saffarini said he is currently gutting and shoring up the shell of the 6,400-square-foot commercial building from current owner Hamde Suleiman before closing on the purchase of the property. Once that is finished he said he will seek approval from city zoning and guidance from the community on construction of the units.
He described the four planned units as 1,500 square feet and up and said he plans to price them in the “low hundreds.” Permits filed with the county Code Enforcement office indicate a construction budget of $79,000.
Saffarini said he has done some remodeling projects in Cooper-Young and built homes in the county but this would be his first project of this scale. He was attracted to the location, he said, because of its close proximity to restaurants and shopping and the number of single people, his target market, nearby. He also said he liked that Cooper-Young residents seemed to care about their neighborhood.
“That idea would not work anywhere but Cooper and Young,” he said.
The building was built in 1933, according to the county tax assessor, and previously housed Baker Brothers grocery and Barksdale Market, but has been vacant for several years.Saffarini has met with community association executive director Kristan Huntley to discuss his design for the condominiums and said he would be meeting with her again once the initial phase of construction is finished.