Local developer strives to make Charleston's Elk City district a destination

Local developer Tighe Bullock wants to restore the former Dollar General on Charleston's West Side back to it's original storefront. (WCHS/WVAH)

Local developer Tighe Bullock continues his mission to revive the Elk City district on Charleston's West Side.

His next focus is on the building that used to house the Dollar General.

"Driving through this corridor and I've always looked at all these buildings, I've asked myself why isn't anything being done? These buildings are beautiful and there is a lot of opportunity," Bullock said.

Bullock said he's always had a soft spot for the Elk City district since he was young. Now, he is looking to turn the building into a restaurant and music venue and restore the building back to it's former glory.

"An effective way of finding some of these old pictures is to find out who owned these buildings and ask their descendants and relatives for pictures of them in front of the buildings," Bullock said.

Built sometime between 1910 and 1920, Bullock plans to pull out the historic charm, keeping with the tin ceilings found above.

Bullock started working with properties at age 14, working for his dad's construction company. He said that's where his desire for restoration started.

"I started being trained by some of the carpenters that were working there and I really liked working with my hands and creating things that I can tangibly see, that creates real value," Bullock said.

Bullock has led several projects, including the Bully Trap Barbershop.

On top of keeping this building's history alive, Bullock is hoping to make it the area a destination again.

"We want traffic, pedestrian traffic and in some of these other buildings we're doing about ten new apartments. So we want to get a dynamic atmosphere in the neighborhood and have people living, working and playing all in the same area," Bullock said.

Bullock said he plans to hire crew members. He can be reached by email at

Any unused materials will be donated to the Habitat Humanity Restore.

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