On November 7, 2018, the Coleman Talley law firm held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Valdosta office at 109 South Ashley Street. Ambassadors from the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce were in attendance, as well as local officials and community leaders.
“We are thrilled with our new office and want to say a special thank you to all who contributed in bringing it to completion,” said Managing Partner Justin Scott. “We view this new location as the start of the next chapter in our history.”
The project was designed and completed by BFB Gladwin Architects and JCI Contractors, Inc. It represents the second largest private investment in the Historic Valdosta Commercial District, found on the National Register of Historic Places. Coleman Talley’s Valdosta office houses 22 of the firm’s 35 attorneys, practicing in the areas of Business, Real Estate, Litigation, Estate Planning, and Government.
Rehabilitation on the Historic Southern Salvage buildings began in April 2017. According to the National Park Service, rehabilitation projects make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations, and additions while preserving features that convey its historic value. To honor the buildings’ rich past, efforts were made to maintain historic elements, including an early 1900’s fireproof vault, hanging gears from two freight elevators, decorative railing and staircases, and a brick street located behind the buildings. Alterations included adjoining the two buildings with the addition of an elevator and staircase through the middle, as well as the inclusion of modern technology such as digital conference room signage.
“Our firm is proud to have been a part of the Valdosta community for over 80 years, serving clients locally and throughout the Southeast,” said Justin Scott. “We believe in the importance of investing in Downtown Valdosta and hope that it will pave the way for similar efforts to revitalize more main streets and downtown districts while preserving their character.”
The history of the two buildings dates back to the early days of the city of Valdosta. The three-story building was constructed in 1897 and first occupied by the A. S. Pendleton Company – Wholesale Grocers. The four-story building was constructed in 1902 and identified by the Valdosta Times as the tallest building in Valdosta at the time. Other notable occupants of the buildings included Valdosta Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Dorris Seed Company, Sineath Wholesale Grocers, B. F. Whittington furniture, and the Southern Salvage Company.
About Coleman Talley LLP
Founded in 1937, Coleman Talley LLP has 35 attorneys with offices in Valdosta and Atlanta, Georgia. The firm has a sophisticated commercial practice area servicing commercial and residential real estate and construction needs, municipal law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, affordable and multi-family housing, and university housing transactions, as well as a reputable and established litigation practice. The firm serves all of Georgia and the Southeastern United States. In addition to being members of the State Bar of Georgia, certain attorneys are also licensed to practice law in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and South Carolina.