JC and Maria Vargas realize that small towns are built on history and tradition. The small town architecture is what connects us to our diverse past. We challenge the notion that new is better. We realize that the look and feel of a small town is what drew residents here in the first place.
This is the cause that transforms communities from places we live:
Small town architecture is “good for your soul” and environment.
Our goal is not to find a “cookie cutter” shopping center space; but to find a building that we can revive/repurpose and give a new life.
Check out our projects below...
Originally build in 1944 and run as Bishop Motel. It was built during the developing era of "motor court" motels. They consisted of a classic small house in front (usually where the in-keeper lived) and "horseshoe shaped motor court" of single level, outside-entry motel rooms. Motor lodges popped up in small towns across America and thrived as families travelled by automobile like never before. Over time, few were left as they were bulldozed to be replaced with modern retail strips malls and hotels. The Bishop Motel had changed hands several time and sat vacant and in disrepair until JC and Maria bought it in 2014.
JC and Maria knew that Belmont was missing an upscale, professional office suite complex. An office complex where the architecture was preserved , and amenities updated. The motor court lends itself to a cool open air concept where each office has its own outside entrance and private bathroom. The beauty of this project is that it has preserved the original character, with an updated, craftsman style twist.
What’s known to many locals simply as the ‘radio building’ was constructed in 1978 and sits on about an acre of land. It carried WCGC’s Christian programming from the beginning and was a place where live broadcasts took place for years, often hosting curious local classes of schoolchildren on field trips. It also was used to broadcast local sporting events. The interior was like a snapshot in time. It had shag carpet on the recording studio walls, the piano still sat in the corner and an old-style microphone hung from the ceiling. Small offices for editing, sales and management surrounded the studio on the first floor, and the same type of office spaces encircled a conference area on the second floor.
JC and Maria Vargas began renovations in early 2019.
Newly installed features include wall-to-wall carpet in the offices and granite countertops in the bathrooms, along with Craftsman-inspired moldings, and new paint and trim. The hallways and reception areas inside were upgraded with a ceramic wood floor that features a ceramic tile inlay.
The exterior vinyl siding was replaced with a wood-looking clad and it came out just beautiful. The conifer landscaping was the perfect final touch.
Originally built in 1974 and known as the Plaza Building this structure fell in disrepair and stayed mostly vacant for the past several decades. This 10,000 sq. ft. building had great bones and lots of potential.
469 Hospital Drive is perfectly located is freshly renovated upscale modern facility with beautiful charm. With a prime location near Caromont Medical Center this building is now known as the "Hospital Building". Some of the common area upgrades include ceramic wood floor with ceramic tile inlay. New detailed trim and interior barnwood directory sign. The exterior received a facelift as well. Truly a state of the art office building.