Basco rehabs downtown Ferndale building

A crumbling facade and rotting steel didn't stop Roger and Sergio Basmajian from renovating a building in downtown Ferndale.

320 W. Nine Mile Road is almost ready to be occupied, barring some minor work and paperwork, by Painting with a Twist, a kind of self-serve painting studio. Redeveloper Roger Basmajian says although he had some unexpected rebuilds instead of repairs, the improvements, including the facade, brick, windows and awning, had a good end result.

"We did a whole new facade for that building," he says. "At the end of the day it was just not in good shape."

His company, Basco of Michigan has redeveloped a handful of properties in the Ferndale and Royal Oak area, knew what they were dealing with when they began work on that two-story, 7,800 square-foot building in downtown Ferndale.

"The steel in the back was all rusted from years of neglect, and that’s why we tore everything down," he says. But, "We were determined to make it work."

Source: Roger Basmajian, co-owner of Basco of Michigan
Writer: Kristin Lukowski