A local real estate agent’s new Main Street Station-themed brokerage is gaining a foothold near its namesake with the help of a Shockoe Bottom developer.
Rhonda Howlett launched Clocktower Realty Group in January, setting up in a temporary space at 1561 E. Main St., on the corner of Main and South 17th Street near the landmark train station.
Come summer, she plans to move the office a block north to 1705-1709 E. Franklin St. – three adjoining buildings being converted into apartments and a commercial storefront by Louis Salomonsky and David White of Main Street Realty.
Clocktower Realty will fill about 3,500 square feet of the 12,000-square-foot building, which Howlett said would expand to 14,000 square feet after the rehab. The storefront space will extend the length of the three buildings and feature a glass front wall, similar to Main Street Realty’s new office under construction at 1817 E. Main St.
Howlett, who rents her current space from Main Street Realty and will do the same at her Franklin Street location, said she was introduced to Salomonsky by a contractor who made her aware of the Main Street space. That led to her learning about the Franklin Street project and signing on as its sole commercial tenant.
Clocktower Realty will fill 3,500 square feet of the converted apartment site. (Photo by Jonathan Spiers)