650 Trade Centre Way to get first tenant

Kalamazoo's largest law firm will be leaving its downtown offices on East Michigan Ave. for a new space in the third of the Trade Centre office buildings, off the I-94. 

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP will move its Kalamazoo office to 650 Trade Centre Way, where it will be the building's first tenant. 650 Trade Centre Way, is a five-story, 100,000-square-foot office space.

It was designed to be modern and client friendly with first-class common areas and amenities, its developers say. It looks out over natural wetlands and is also located near I-94 near US-131, on the northwest corner of Westnedge Avenue and Interstate 94 within the City of Portage. The location of the property places it between Detroit, Chicago, Grand Rapids, and South Bend.  

“Becoming part of this visionary new development further reinforces our commitment to investment and growth in West Michigan,” says Phillip D. Torrence, Honigman’s Kalamazoo office managing partner.  

The new space gives the law firm "the layout we need to grow and serve not only our local clients but our growing number of clients from major U.S. and global markets," Torrence says. "This move is in line with our commitment to our continued growth in Kalamazoo and speaks to the vibrancy of our Kalamazoo-based practices across the life sciences, medical device, finance and tech sectors.”

In September,  Honigman is celebrating the ninth anniversary of the opening of its Kalamazoo office. Since 2008, the firm has grown and now has a roster of 26 attorneys and 55 professionals.

Honigman recently represented tronc, Inc., the parent company of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, in the highly-publicized acquisition of NY Daily News. This transaction, largely executed from the firm's Kalamazoo office, "represents the sophisticated work that Phil Torrence, Jonathan O’Brien and our team of experienced lawyers handle for major Kalamazoo- based clients as well as clients across the U. S.,” says David Foltyn, chairman. and CEO of Honigman.

The Trade Centre complex is owned by real estate developers Roger Hinman of the Hinman Company, and Joe Gesmundo of AVB Inc.

Source: Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn
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