• 59°

• Chad Vriesema Contractor taking on significant downtown projects

SALISBURY — Chad Vriesema of Central Piedmont Builders has a full plate in 2014.

Because state historic preservation tax credits are scheduled to sunset Jan. 1, 2015, Vriesema wants to devote much of his time this year on downtown projects, including a transformation of the former Bernhardt Hardware building, which he purchased in 2013 with Bryan Wymbs as a partner.

Their plans call for providing a mix of retail, office and residential in the Bernhardt venture.

Also in 2014, Central Piedmont Builders will be tackling a major renovation of the Hedrick Building on North Church Street to provide retail and office space and a parking garage in what once was home to a Salisbury car dealership.

Central Piedmont will continue its work on the East Fisher Street building that includes Benchwarmers and stick with some of its residential remodeling projects in the Country Club area.

Vriesema and his father, Peter, own Central Piedmont Builders, and Peter serves as president. Starting here in 2000 as predominantly a masonry contractor, Central Piedmont Builders now has eight full-time employees and is structured to take on major projects.

In the downtown area alone, Central Piedmont’s restoration resume includes, for example, Pottery 101, Critters, Go Burrito and Walser Technology Group.

Name: Chad Vriesema

Title: Vice president, Central Piedmont Builders

Age: 36

Address: Salisbury

If you won millions of dollars in a lottery, what would you do? “I’d tithe to the church and invest the rest.”

Favorite TV show: “CSI”

Who should play you in a movie? Ben Affleck

What would you choose for your last meal? “Filet mignon and mashed potatoes, comfort food.”

Who will you watch in 2014? Rand Paul

Biggest challenge in 2014? “Finding a balance between work and family.”

Biggest hope for 2014? “Figuring out a way for the county to continue to have growth and a common ground for coming together.”

Reaction to making the list: “I was surprised, shocked.”

— Mark Wineka

Comments

Comments closed.

East Spencer

East Spencer draws crowd for annual community day

Elections

In Rowan’s legislative races, Howard, Warren get off to strongest start in fundraising

Business

From Navy SEAL to Medicare agent, Trent Waller looks to continue serving his community

Elections

In 13th Congressional District race, Budd, Huffman differ on government’s role in COVID-19 help

Local

Rowan County Telecommunications joins new state digital 911 system

Education

School board will consider scheduling public hearings for Faith, Enochville closures

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion makes donation to support racial equality and justice

Elections

Republicans rally supporters at Saturday lunch

Elections

Budd holds wide lead over Huffman in fundraising, cash on hand

BREAKING NEWS

Multiple law enforcement agencies respond to shooting at Halloween attraction

Nation/World

Trump picks conservative Amy Coney Barrett to fill Supreme Court seat

Coronavirus

Deadly September propels Rowan County to 100 deaths from COVID-19

Crime

Highway Patrol charges man in hit-and-run after finding vehicle hidden in woods

Elections

NC elections board, Republicans at odds over absentee ballot rule changes

News

Voters struggling with witness rules in early voting

News

Trump expected to announce conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Coronavirus

County reports COVID-19 percent positive rate of 8%

Local

Rowan County United Way sets $1.5 million goal at drive-in kickoff event

Crime

Blotter: Adult daughters accused of beating up mother

China Grove

China Grove firefighters injured after truck overturns

Business

Salisbury VA to reopen entry, exit gates

Crime

Sheriff’s Office looking for suspect in Burlington Coat Factory theft

Elections

Requests for absentee ballots top 9,000 in Rowan

Local

Spencer approves supplemental USDA loan for Park Plaza project