Renovations strengthen the fabric of the city

Monday, February 19, 2001 at 1:00am

Kudos to Jerry and Jackie Bellar for not taking the easy way out.

When the Maebelle, a post-World War I traditional apartment building the Bellars owned, was damaged by fire in September 1999, they looked at their options. They could sell it, or they could renovate it.

They did not immediately rule out selling the apartment building, one of a declining number of such historic structures in the Nashville area. In fact, they could likely have turned a handsome profit on the property in the desirable area around Baptist Hospital.

But

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