Lofts of Ludington has first occupant

Redevelopments can seem like a never-ending process, starting with the paperwork, the funding and the actual redevelopment of the building itself. But when everything is finished--or close to being so--it sure makes for a job well done.

Beth and Matt Sviland can sit back and finally take a deep breath. Their project, the Lofts of Ludington, is finished, and the customers are pouring in.

"The Lofts are finished, and turned out extraordinarily cool," says Matt Sviland. "The transformation of this historic brewery into The Lofts is everything we hoped it would be."

The only thing really left to be finished is the secure and heated garage, which will be up and running by the end of the month.

What's more is that The Lofts have already leased out nine of the 15 apartments and just welcomed their first commercial tenant--Salon West and Spa, owned by Ashley Westlund.

There are two more commercial spaces available, right in the heart of downtown Escanaba.

"Each commercial suite is equipped with its own heat and air conditioning, a fire suppression system, and an ADA compliant restroom," notes Sviland. "The Ludington Street entrances are exact historic replicas of the original Richter Brewery door/sidelight combinations. There is ample private off-street parking to the East and West of the structure, as well as public on-street parking. The large expanse of sidewalk allows for outdoor tables or signage."

The Svilands say they feel "great" about where the project has come and how well it has all come together. The feeling, they say, is a mix of accomplishment and gratitude.

"Accomplitude or gratishment?" jokes Sviland. "Either way, we know that where have been many others involved in the journey, from Mark Lektzian at First Bank Upper Michigan, to the City of Escanaba Administration and various City of Escanaba Boards, to the employees of the federal and state government that have helped make this possible."

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Mark Sviland, The Lofts of Ludington

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