Mix of tenants brings 929 Gervais to full occupancy.

Several months ago, the whine of power saws and the pounding of hammers echoed through empty space at 929 Gervais Street.

Now, diners chat at tastefully lit tables at 929 Kitchen and Bar. Several feet away, a cutout of Marilyn Monroe lures customers into candy and soda shop Rocket Fizz. Between the two businesses, construction continues on a barber shop expected to open in a few months, while upstairs, skylights illuminate the computer screens of workers at software company Cognito. Across the hall are the offices of clothing company R3Vive.

The remodeled, 10,600-square foot building is at 100% occupancy. Colliers International brokers J.P. Scurry, Scottie Smith, Paige Bryant and Mary Winter Teaster have represented landlord 929 Gervais LLC in transactions with the five tenants.

Scurry, Smith and Bryant leased the bottom three suites of the two-story building and Teaster found tenants for the two upstairs spaces. Colliers' Real Estate Management Services division is handling property management for the building.

"It always takes longer than you think it will," said Scurry, Colliers vice president. "It's just a matter of timing, the right fits. When you can come in and split up a space or a building like this, you're creating opportunities for multiple tenants. There are not that many people that can use 10,600 square feet. When you do that, you're making it more usable for a number of different kinds of businesses. But then you have to find those puzzle pieces."

Smith said tenants were attracted to the building's prime location in the heart of the Vista as well as design touches such as exposed brick, high ceilings and chandeliers. There is also parking in back of the building, which features a tiled terrace.

Renovations were made using Bailey Bill historic tax credits, but while authentic touches remain, amenities such as the electrical system and plumbing have been modernized.

"I think it turned out well," Scurry said. "It's a good line between historically what the building looked like and having space that's more functional for businesses of today."

The building was among the few large commercial spaces still available in the center of the Vista. The renovated former fire station at the corner of Park and Senate streets, already home to two restaurants including Kao Thai Cuisine, has 4,000 square feet of retail space remaining, Smith said, with a 1,500-square-foot rooftop space also available.

"This has always been a strong...

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