FLINT (WJRT) (11/06/17)-- It's a new lease on life for the 91 year old Ferris Furs building in downtown Flint, now known as the Ferris Wheel.
Ferris Wheel Building in downtown Flint.
"To see a big building, a seven story building, shuttered for 39 years and then open with lights and big windows, it just offers a great sense of hope," said Ferris Wheel General Manager Heather Morolla Kale.
The doors officially reopened Monday morning, after a year and half of construction and renovations.
"Pigeons lived in here for 30 years. We had to get them out. We have some great partners in the community, spent a lot of time in building and got it up and running," said Morolla Kale.
A handful of retail businesses are already operating on the ground floor.
"Foster Coffee Company right when you walk in the door is on the left side, and then Flint Prints. You can come in, get some black and white prints, and coffee. They're also going to service with FedEx and UPS," said Morolla Kale.
100 K Ideas is also on the first level. It's a non-profit, run by college students, offering help to entrepreneurs.
"Anyone can come in with an idea. They might not have another place to go. We offer resources to help them move that idea from concept to market at a very low cost," said 100 K Ideas Project Manager and Kettering University student Adam Hartley.
The entire building consists of 40,000 square feet with room for tenants still available on the upper three levels. Co-work space begins at $99 dollars per month.
"People can come in and rent a desk, and kind of land anywhere. We have offerings from walking in the door for a new start-up, to big offices that are going to have conference rooms affiliated with them," said Morolla Kale.
"It's awesome. There's been activity down here for a long time, but to see this move in and spark more movement and energy in downtown Flint, it's awesome," said Hartley.