After years of being vacant, there are plans to put a furniture store and a tanning salon in the buildings on Sacramento Street, across from the Lodi Transit Center.
The buildings surround what used to be Rashid Imports, which burned down in 2004.
Owner Fayeq Rashid wanted to put a nightclub into the building in 2007, but the city refused the application. He did get approved for a restaurant, but nothing ever materialized.
Earlier this month, the Site Plan and Architectural Review Committee approved plans for a tanning salon in an existing building on the site and eventually two new office buildings.
Envy Tanning and Salon plans to open in about a month-and-a-half and have 12 tanning beds. They are energy-efficient and come with features to measure skin color to ensure customers will not get burned, salon owner Tony Rashid said.
The 22-year-old business owner went to Tokay High School and is the son of the building owner, Fayeq Rashid. He has always enjoyed Lodi and wanted to open a business, especially across from the train station.
"There is nothing really there. I want to try and open something nice to fix up Sacramento Street," Tony Rashid said.
Workers are also remodeling the building next door to turn it into a furniture store. The city previously approved plans for that project, and it will be open in three to four months, said Aster Canet, of A.S. Canet Design and Construction.
Canet hopes they will be able to start at least one of the two office buildings this year. Once the entire project is complete, the salon and office buildings will be attached to form an L-shaped layout with parking in the middle.
The new office buildings will cover the hole on Sacramento Street where the Rashid's previous building burned down, which will help Downtown, said Mitch Slater, who is on the city's committee that approved the project.
"It will fill that hole, that eyesore in that part of that area of town. I'm excited about any enhancements we have for the transportation hub," Slater said.
Crews are currently working on the inside of the salon and will also install a new storefront, awnings and lighting.
The new salon will have a stone finish to stay with the same red brick theme of the area, Canet said.
Mayor Bob Johnson said it is always positive to bring more businesses into town, especially during this economy.
"I wish them well and thank them for investing and coming into town," he said.