Developer disappointed as modern facade comes off downtown buildings – MLive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Sam Cummings, managing accomplice of CWD Actual Property Growth, has cleaned up and restored dozens of previous buildings in downtown Grand Rapids over the previous 30 years.

However none have been as difficult as their newest restoration challenge, through which they're tearing off the modern facades on 50 Monroe Avenue NW and 37 Ottawa Avenue NW, Cummings mentioned on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Cummings mentioned he was disappointed to see the three arched home windows and stone lintels on high of 37 Ottawa Avenue NW had been eliminated and changed with a cement block wall when the buildings got a brand new facade within the mid-1980s.

"They actually ripped the tops off the buildings and changed them with cinder blocks," Cummings mentioned. Whether or not they will change the unique facade or create a brand new facade stays to be seen, he mentioned.

"In an ideal world, we might restore the facade," Cumming mentioned. "However rents in downtown Grand Rapids do not assist that sort of factor."

Cummings mentioned a few of the adjustments behind the facade weren't a shock. For instance, the southwest nook of the constructing at 37 Ottawa Avenue had been changed by cement blocks after a chimney used on the 50 Monroe Constructing toppled through the renovation challenge.

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CWD purchased the complicated 5 years in the past and just lately started tearing off the panels, reflective glass panels and chrome strips that had been utilized to the constructing within the mid-1980s. Plans additionally name for eradicating the glass atrium that was constructed to attach the buildings.

The $38 million challenge will restore the historic facades and convert the buildings right into a 130-room AC Lodge by Marriott at 50 Monroe Avenue NW and an workplace tower alongside Ottawa Avenue NW. Cummings mentioned they plan to finish the renovation by the spring of 2019.

CWD is the most important property proprietor in Grand Rapids. It has restored a number of older workplace buildings within the downtown space, together with its headquarters constructing at 50 Louis St. NW, the Belief Constructing at 40 Pearl St. NW, The Ledyard Constructing at 125 Ottawa Ave. NW, and Aldrich Place at 80 Ottawa Ave. NW.

Final yr, CWD accomplished its renovation of The Rowe, its $28 million condominium and condominium challenge on the nook of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Avenue NW. CWD additionally purchased the Fifth Third Financial institution complicated on Vandenberg Plaza, subsequent door to the Calder Sq. Plaza Constructing, 250 Monroe Ave. NW, which it purchased final yr and is renovating.

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Developer disappointed as modern facade comes off downtown buildings - MLive.com