MUSKEGON, MI – A historic financial institution making in downtown Muskegon will be redeveloped into a blended-use room immediately after being vacant for 4 several years.

Main Advancement Team strategies to repurpose the six-story tower at 221 W. Webster Ave. into workplaces, commercial place and flats.

“It’s preserving an old creating. If it sat in this article permanently, who is aware what it would have turned into,” mentioned Troy Wasserman, a Main Advancement Group husband or wife.

Nationwide Lumberman’s Bank of Muskegon, once the city’s oldest bank, constructed the $2 million making in 1962 and opened it with fanfare offering absent a motor vehicle, radio and tv.

Information experiences at the time described the bank as occupying a “vital and symbolic corner” in downtown Muskegon.

The Nationwide Lumberman’s Bank tower was residence to state’s very first rooftop heliport, promising five-minute helicopter rides from Muskegon County airport to downtown Muskegon.

On June 22, 1965, Michigan Lt. Gov. William Milliken arrived to Muskegon by helicopter to dedicate the new landing pad.

For 5 many years, banks and other tenants occupied the setting up right before Main Enhancement Group turned the new entrepreneurs this summer time.

“It just popped up and it was one thing that sparked our fascination,” Wasserman claimed.

Initial renovations have previously started off on the 2nd flooring where by Core Realty Partners expects to move its residential and professional real estate workplaces to this fall.

Other options for the setting up include leasing the to start with ground, currently built as a bank lobby with significant windows facing West Webster Avenue, for restaurant or retail place.

Main Advancement Team also wishes to renovate the remaining 4 flooring into 16 to 22 sector-fee apartments.

Wasserman stated the advancement team is at this time doing the job with architects on the models but expects development on the residences to start off “sooner alternatively than later.”

There are also plans to switch the now defunct helipad into a roof deck with sights of Muskegon Lake and downtown Muskegon for potential inhabitants.

“You can see Lake Michigan from up on the roof, so it is rather stunning up there,” Wasserman said.

Some relics of the financial institution will be preserved, together with previous photographs of design, newspaper clippings and a huge basement vault stuffed with hundreds of locked security deposit packing containers.

A drive-via financial institution developing on the property could also locate new existence as a compact bar or cafe, Wasserman stated.

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