The Michigan Nonprofit
signed a 15-year lease for the
Marshall Street Armory, which as been vacant since 2006. The
37,000-square-foot building at Marshall and Jerome streets that will
serve as offices for MNA and four other nonprofits.
According to excerpts from the article:
The 37,000-square-foot building is planned as a home to nonprofits that have a statewide reach as well as those that serve
the local community, said Kyle Caldwell, president and CEO of the
Michigan Nonprofit Association. The facility near the intersection of
Marshall and Jerome streets also may provide space for smaller
nonprofits that need some help getting a start.
The project hinges on acquiring financing from the state and federal government
for brownfield redevelopment and historic grants, said Pat Gillespie,
president of Gillespie Group
, which is planning the project. . . .
The building will be restored to fit with its 1924 architectural style. The bricks, limestone and windows will all be kept with that motif. The 24-feet high ceilings will allow for a lot of natural light in the building, Gillespie said.
"We want to reinvent the building and we want to bring it back to life," he said.
About 85 percent of the planning for the project is complete.
Gillespie said he's acquired about 50 percent of the financing for the project and he expects the rest to fall into place once the state and federal grants are secured.
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