Daniel Miller, a real estate agent with Hayhurst Realty, purchased the building this year and is remodeling it for a real estate office to further his career.

A long vacant building at the corner of West Locust and South Main in Paris has an interesting history. It was built in 1920 as a service station, and has since served for several uses, including an insurance agency and most recently, an ice cream shop.

But is has been vacant for many years and needs lots of work and repairs.

Make that needed.

Daniel Miller, a real estate agent with Hayhurst Realty, purchased the building this year and is remodeling it for a real estate office to further his career. He is taking an exam to get a broker’s license and is looking to open his Paris office by the end of October.

“Last year was a record year for me, and I may surpass that this year,” he said, explaining his desire to build on his success.

Miller had been working on the building since July. His crew has gutted the interior, finding surprises along the way, such as three separate roof jobs, multi-layered walls and Miller said the crew discovered a basement that had clearly been used by the service station for oil changes.

He has filled four large dumpsters with construction waste, and there is still more gutting work to go.

“We have gutted everything, including all the old wiring…we are running all new electrical wiring,” he said. The crew will also replace all the windows and add insulation, which the building lacked.

His in-laws are Juan and Cherylene Ramos, who own, among other ventures, Jacs Restaurant, the Paris Hardware Store, Frost Bites and several buildings and rental properties in Paris and Monroe County. He said Juan has watched the progress of his building.

Miller says his goal is to be open before Oct. 31.

“We’d like to be here handing out candy when the kids walk Main Street for Halloween,” he said.