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Work Starts on Two Rehab Projects

Two projects along Michigan Avenue on the east side of downtown started work in recent days.  Demolition crews began tearing down a nondescript addition to the Alling & Cory warehouse on N. Division Street between Michigan Avenue and Elm Street.  The six-story building is being converted into 88 units of student housing.  Nearby at Sycamore and Michigan Avenue, construction has started on Lakeshore Behavior Health’s adaptive reuse of a historic residence as homeless housing.

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Developer/Architect Jake Schneider is converting  the Alling & Cory building, at 136 N. Division St., into an 88-apartment/dorm complex.  Vacant for several years, the building was built in 1910 and served as a warehouse for International Paper Co.  Located three blocks from ECC’s City Campus, the complex will offer a mix of studio and multi-bedroom apartments and will include utilities, cable and Internet service.  287 tenants, mostly students, are expected to live there.

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The six-story building will feature 24/7 security, a student activity center, a deli/café, video and pool rooms, laundry facilities and a small grocery store.  The project is expected to attract mostly ECC students, but will also be marketed at other colleges as well.  Three buildings along Michigan Avenue will be demolished.

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At the corner of Michigan and Sycamore, a  historic brick structure is being rehabbed and expanded by Lakeshore Behavior Health, Inc.  The project, designed by BHNT Architects, will create a sixteen-bed homeless housing facility.

The existing 2½-story brick structure at 108 Sycamore Street, will be renovated to contain the major living and dining areas and a new commercial-grade kitchen.  A two-story, 2800 square foot wood framed addition to the rear will contain most of the living areas.  It will feature 16 single-occupancy rooms, multiple common baths, two sitting areas, a living room, dining area and kitchen.  Savarino Construction is overseeing the work.

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