Charles Village 'Copy Cat' building sold at auction

December 16, 2009

A Charles Village landmark, the "Copy Cat" building at 2443 N. Charles St., was sold at auction Tuesdayto a father-and-son development team, Carl and Steven Verstandig. Their bid at the auction, handled by Alex Cooper Auctioneers, was $365,000 plus a 5 percent buyer's premium that brought the total price to $383,250. The Verstandigs, who have a company called CityWide Properties, said they plan to restore the exterior and renovate the interior. They said possible commercial tenants include a restaurant and a barber shop. The prominent building, marked by a corner turret, dates from the late 1800s and for many years housed a branch of the Thomas and Thompson pharmacy business. It is several blocks east of the Anderson Automotive parcel, where a $65 million retail and housing development is planned.

- Edward Gunts

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