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The EDGE: Townhouse under construction on Public Square

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Wondering what the construction is on Maple Street on the Public Square?

Well, it isn’t another retail building or lawyer’s office being built. A single-family residential townhouse is being constructed in the empty lot next to Sugaree’s at 126 S. Maple Street.

Ed and Andrea Loughry are having the three-story townhouse constructed. The contractor is Blake Smith of Smith Design-Build.

“We have worked closely with the Tennessee Main Street Program as well as Main Street Murfreesboro and the Downtown Business Alliance,” Andrea said. “Extensive planning has been done to make the façade enhance our historic downtown.”

Andrea Loughry declined to disclose more information about the home.

Richard Gabel, executive director of Main Street, said he is “thrilled” that the Loughrys are building a home downtown.

“Certainly with the plans I have seen, the home is going to look beautiful,” he said. “I think they have gone to great lengths to make it fit comfortably with what has been here for 100 years.”

Gabel said the home is exciting for downtown.

“For them to come in and build a single-family residence is a wonderful statement to their hometown, to the vitality of downtown, to the character of downtown. I think it is a wonderful statement to Murfreesboro that they are committed to downtown Murfreesboro,” he said.

Gabel projected that the home would take a year to construct.

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Construction on the new Parthenon Steak House is slated to be complete by October or November, said owner Kathy Darsinos.

“Hopefully, we will be open by this winter,” she said.

The new restaurant is being constructed across the street from the existing location at 1935 S. Church St. Construction has been delayed due to inclement weather.

Parthenon has been in operation for 32 years. Its current building is 42 years old.

“It has a modern façade,” Darsinos said of the new restaurant. “It is very oriented towards diners. We have a lot of party rooms.”

The new restaurant will have party rooms that will fit as few as eight diners to as many as 75.

Darsinos said the Parthenon is attempting to make it easier to dine at the restaurant with the new location. More affordable dishes, under $10, are being added to the menu.
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