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Lake Hotel Renovation Proceeding

The long-vacant Lake Hotel at 201 West Huron Street will be converted into upscale apartments under a plan by Kissling Interests.  Work on the $1.1 million reuse project is expected to be underway around the first of the year.

Kissling has retained architecture, engineering and interior design firm Carmina Wood Morris to prepare the reuse plan.  The roof has been leaking, so there is quite a bit of water damage throughout. 


“There is a lot of deterioration in the roof slab, but otherwise the structure looks sound,” said Jonathan H. Morris, AIA.  “The masonry is good for the most part, with some isolated areas where repointing and repair will be required.”

The plan is to gut the interior, Kissling is currently cleaning out all the loose garbage and debris and airing out the building, and then go back in and create eight market-rate apartments, four on the first floor and two each on the 2nd and 3rd floors. 

“We will be preparing the Historic Preservation Certification Application for submission to NYSHPO and National Parks Service for tax credits,” Morris said.  “The outside of the building will be restored to original appearance.  Inside the building, there is some historic fabric in the central stairwell and each unit has an historic fireplace in the living space.”

The backyard will be landscaped for use by the residents and Kissling is negotiating for off-street parking for the building.   

According to Scott LaCasse, Executive Vice President of Kissling Interests, the building should be ready for occupancy in June.

“The units will be ideal for work/live tenants,” said LaCasse.  “We are planning beautiful kitchens and baths with an open floor plan.”

Seven of the apartments will be two bedroom, two bath units averaging around 1,000 sq.ft.  The eighth unit is a one bedroom, one bath handicapped adaptable unit on the first floor.  Rents are expected to be in the $1500/month range.

Get Connected: Kissling, 716.853.2787

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