Phase one of the Larkin Center of Commerce is well underway at the monolithic 701 Seneca Street building in the Larkin District. Interior improvements and large scale exterior improvements by Jim Cornell, Peter Krog, and Gordon Reger have pushed the $6 million project forward. Preservation Studios completed the Part one of the Historic Preservation Certification Application (Evaluation of Significance) potentially allowing the project to utilize historic tax credits. The entrance lobby has been completely remodeled, creating a larger and more welcoming space. A comfortable seating area, new floors, refinished walls, and a new front desk have been completed over the last year as the project advances.
The most noticeable change on the exterior of the building has been the resurfacing and painting of portions of the Seneca street facade. In stark contrast to the existing surface, bright white paint has begun to take over as the building gets revived for a new life. Currently the complex is home to almost one hundred businesses and private service providers and boasts thirty acres of space under one roof.
The 1.3 million sq.ft. complex is a series of 10 contiguous buildings, the largest of the Larkin Company structures. It was completed in 1906 by the Larkin Company to provide manufacturing, retail and administrative support services for the firm.
Now open to a wide range of tenants including office, retail and light manufacturers, the property offers 24-hour access, ample parking, breakfast and lunch served daily at the Larkin Cafe, and large floor plates offereing up to 175,000 square feet on one level. Many businesses desire large, single floor plans and look to the sprawling suburbs to fulfill their needs in the form of corporate office parks. The Larkin Center of Commerce offers similar, if not bigger, floor plates, but also a three minute drive to downtown, a six minute drive to the Peace Bridge, all in the neighborhood of one of the city's quickest developing business districts.
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