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A new four-story, mixed use complex including residential and commercial space is set to break ground in downtown Jackson.

A ceremony for the “Lofts on Louis” development is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the building site on Louis Glick Highway, just north of the Hotel Hayes. The public is invited to attend the event, and light refreshments will be served.

The Lofts on Louis project was awarded a loan from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday, Oct. 25 – the final touchstone before the project could begin.

“We’re so pleased to finally put shovels in the ground,” said John Burtka, project partner. “We feel this project could be the first step toward more development in Jackson.”

The $5.4 million, 47,000-square-foot project is expected to take roughly one year to complete. The development includes 30 apartment units and a commercial space on the first floor.

“We’re very excited to be a part of this project and help revitalize Jackson,” Mayor Bill Jors said. “This is something we’ve worked on for years, and to see shovels in the ground and construction equipment coming to the site makes for great news.”

Jackson City Manager Patrick Burtch said it’s projects such as these which can help spur more development and help a city grow from the center core out. The idea of a modern downtown metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, new developments and a pedestrian-friendly urban core, which this particular development helps spur, he said.

“This development is a catalyst for the city of Jackson,” Burtch said. “It’s been too long since the city has seen new structures being built in the area. We’re excited to see where this project can take us.”

The apartment units will include granite counter tops, nine-foot ceilings, stainless appliances, individual washers and dryers and more.


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