(02/20/13) - Plans are coming together for 16 new loft apartments in downtown Flint.
"What you see now is a blank slate and it'll be completely transformed with new wood floors, an open floor plan, with beautiful views of downtown," said Scott Whipple, of Uptown Reinvestment Corporation.
Here's the twist - they'll take up the third and fourth floors of the old Flint Journal Building.
"Knowing all of the great reporters and photographers that used to work at the Flint Journal that have won awards, and with the architecture, to see it be able to live on in the future feels good," Whipple said.
The lofts will sit above Michigan State's new medical campus - a deal that became official back in January.
"We have to gut the existing finishes and infrastructure, and install new plumbing and electrical, new HVAC," Whipple said.
Uptown Reinvestment Corporation plans to begin renovations this summer, partially funded by federal historical preservation tax credits.
"It's an Albert Kahn designed building, which is Michigan's premier architect that did most of his work in the 1920s," Whipple said.
Whipple says there is a demand for more housing. Downtown Flint currently has around 200 loft apartments, 30 of them owned by Uptown. It's believed that every one is currently occupied, and Uptown's contact list of interested tenants looking for vacancies now numbers more than 100.
"It's going to help us deliver what's in demand, and we should be able to fill them right up," he said.
The hope is these loft apartments will be ready for people to move in around the fall of 2014, just about the same time that Michigan State's new medical campus will be opening up downstairs.
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