Lots of lofts are coming on line in downtown Mt. Clemens. The New Street Lofts project has finished construction and the first of the six units have been rented out. The rest are being shown and are ready for sale.
This is on top of developer Ted Schollenberger's plans to build a 7-story mixed-use building about a half block away, starting late this year or early next. Schollenberger, also chair of the Mt Clemens Downtown Development Authority, says the speed at which the project will begin is dependent on condo sales at his New Street, 64 New Street, and River lofts projects.
The new development, called Pine Street Place, would have ground floor retail space, two levels of parking above that and then loft space on the fourth through seventh floors. The whole project would bring about 34 new homes to the downtown area.
For now the New Street Lofts development will rent out the units for $800 to $1,200 per month. They are also for sale with prices starting at $135,000. Buyers will also have access to a 15-year Neighborhood Enterprise Zone tax break.
The New Street Lofts will be the latest reincarnation for the old Gibert Baptist Church, built in 1908 just west of Main Street. Over the years it became a warehouse and the studio for Michael Robinson Photography. A fire damaged it in 1979 but the 6,400-square-foot building persevered.
The units will encompass the normal loft principals of exposed utility lines and other raw building features, open floor plans with few walls and large windows. There will also be balconies in the units, which will range in size from 700 to 1,100 square feet. Some will also allow for live/work options that could even open up some ground floor retail space.
Source: Ted Schollenberger, developer of the New Street Lofts and Arthur Mullen, executive director of the Mt. Clemens Downtown Development Authority
Writer: Jon Zemke