(photo: Dominic Romano congratulates John Burtka with Patti Poppe, Nicholas Dyc and Denise Burtka. Photo by Ryan Kerwin, JTV)
The City of Jackson hosted a groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon at the project site for Lofts on Louis, a planned mixed-use four story building near the corner of North Jackson Street and Louis Glick Highway in Downtown Jackson.
Developers Kincaid Henry, Dr. Nicholas Dyc and John Burtka announced they will start construction next week on the new mixed-use housing project. The $5.4 million, 47,000-square-foot project is expected to take roughly one year to complete. The four-story development includes 30 apartment units and 12,000 square foot of commercial and retail space on the ground floor. The Lofts on Louis was awarded a loan from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday, October 25 – the final touchstone before the project could begin.
Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony included Patti Poppe, President and CEO of Consumers Energy and a founding member of the Jackson Anchor Initiative. Poppe remarked on the rapid growth of Downtown Jackson that has occurred in the past couple of years.
“I applaud the City of Jackson, MEDC, the Anchor Initiative and the developers for bringing this project to downtown Jackson,” said Poppe. “The magnificent skyline of downtown Jackson continues to get even better with this project.”
Joining Poppe at the ceremony: Mayor Bill Jors and the Jackson City Council, Dominic Romano, Community Assistance Team Specialist, MEDC; Kincaid Henry partner Ryan Henry and U.S. Representative, 7th District, Tim Walberg.
Kincaid Henry’s Ryan Henry said, “It is projects like Lofts on Louis that demonstrate how small independent developers are becoming key catalysts in downtown development. This is only the beginning as we already working on our next project in downtown Jackson.”
It was previously announced the developers of Lofts on Louis have purchased the former One Five One restaurant building in downtown Jackson with plans for upscale upper story housing and a first floor restaurant.
Downtown Jackson’s Lofts on Louis is taking applications for Fall 2017.
Lofts of Louis will feature spacious one and two bedroom apartments, each with its private walk-in closet and full bathroom; an open floor plan, European kitchen and bath with granite counter tops and washer and dryer in each apartment.
The groundbreaking ceremony concluded with a blessing by Fr. Chas Canoy, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.