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Pike House Redevelopment

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Good scoop, Dad. Anybody know what will become of the 201 Ionia Building?

I had heard a retailer was looking at it, but then civitas heard that another office user was moving in. I haven't heard who. :dontknow:

I can't believe the Pike House was originally built in 1845 (pre-Civil War). :blink:

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I didn't realize Design + was moving out, I figured it would be a satellite office. Crazy. Hopefully it will give that section of Fulton a shot in the arm. I remember when they pushed that area as "New Town" and it started to flourish. Unfortunately it was quick lived.

Joe

U.S. Signal Telecom Company to move into Design+ depot on Ionia

(changed the theme of the article)

Apparently they are up to 55 employees and need to move out of their offices on the top floor of The BOB. More information on Design+'s plans as well.

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U.S. Signal Telecom Company to move into Design+ depot on Ionia

(changed the theme of the article)

Apparently they are up to 55 employees and need to move out of their offices on the top floor of The BOB. More information on Design+'s plans as well.

Design Plus first considered buying the Pike House in the mid 80's. It was owned at the time by another interior design firn who had bought it from the Art Museum.

US Signal is Rich Postma's company. He built USXchange and sold it to ChoiceOne for a lot of money. He also built the very exclusive Arcadia Golf Course. USXchange rehabed property on Grandville Avenue well before Design Plus moved into the depot on Ionia, so they have been in the neighborhood for many years and were early South-of-Fulton pioneers.

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Design Plus first considered buying the Pike House in the mid 80's. It was owned at the time by another interior design firn who had bought it from the Art Museum.

US Signal is Rich Postma's company. He built USXchange and sold it to ChoiceOne for a lot of money. He also built the very exclusive Arcadia Golf Course. USXchange rehabed property on Grandville Avenue well before Design Plus moved into the depot on Ionia, so they have been in the neighborhood for many years and were early South-of-Fulton pioneers.

Well I'll ask the obvious then. Does he plan to build up U.S. Signal and then sell it off like he did USXchange to a telecom in another State, and all the workers sent packing? I think much of 56 Grandville is still vacant (The building connected to 44 Grandville and Bistro Bella Vita):

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So I read the article in the Press this morning and they talked about the "historical" nature of this building and seemed to put an emphasis on the columns out front and how they came from some building out near Holland. My question... does anyone know what those columns are made out of? Surely they can't be stone, right? So what's the big deal? Sure, it looks like a Greek temple, but its no Palladio, thats for sure.

I give Design+ a lot of credit for their interest in adaptive re-use, but I really don't think the Pike House is as special as they're making it out to be.

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So I read the article in the Press this morning and they talked about the "historical" nature of this building and seemed to put an emphasis on the columns out front and how they came from some building out near Holland. My question... does anyone know what those columns are made out of? Surely they can't be stone, right? So what's the big deal? Sure, it looks like a Greek temple, but its no Palladio, thats for sure.

I give Design+ a lot of credit for their interest in adaptive re-use, but I really don't think the Pike House is as special as they're making it out to be.

I just noticed today how run-down that building has become, and the rear addition is just awful looking. Hopefully they add the Design+ touch to it.

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Here's a first look at our (Design+) new home. Its not done yet, so once it is I'll snap some more pictures and post them up so you folks can see the final product. It has a MUCH different feel than 201 S Ionia, but I think once we're unpacked and settled in it will be a nice change.

Entry / Reception / Lobby

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Men's Restroom

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Women's Restroom

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Architectural Sardine Area - Upstairs

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Interior & Landscape - Downstairs

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Board Room

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Conference Rooms

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Parting Shot

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Is this a office extension or an entire move for Design+ What's going to happen to their current location? Great pictures by the way.

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The entire office is moving into Pike House. 201 S Ionia was sold to US Signal around the end of the summer and they have been renovating it since September or so. I think they are moving in around February. Obviously Pike House isn't done yet, so we still have a section of the old building as storage for us and we'll still be having meetings in the old building, but they have been making great progress, so we're hoping by the end of January it will be done. Then look for a small addition this spring :)

As for the exterior, I don't know how much extra we will be doing. I hope in the long run we fix it up and clean it up, but I think we're waiting until we finish the addition (Its only a single small conference room, nothing major)

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Very nice project. I love the interior work shown in the above photos.

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Great photos! The renovated interior looks tremendous. I look forward to seeing the final product as well.

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It looks awesome! Great woodwork. Is that all new or did it have nice ceilings like that all along? Which pictures are from the original home vs. the addition on the back?

Joe

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I think the ceilings follow the original design, but I think they are new. The Architectural and Interior Work areas are the addition on the back. The entry, bathrooms and conference rooms are all original house.

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Apparently I jumped the gun with the photos so they've been pulled. Once everything is done, I'll post finished pictures :) Thanks

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I predict a lot of morning commute accidents for the DP people trying to make a left hand turn off of Fulton.

Traffic goes flying down that hill - there was a near miss already this morning.

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The photos that were up before looked real good. I can't wait to see the spaces all finished. The thing I like most about this project is the reuse of a historic building for a new purpose and how the modifications made to it to suit Design-Plus's needs were made in a descrete manner so as to not spoil the character of the building.

Apparently I jumped the gun with the photos so they've been pulled. Once everything is done, I'll post finished pictures :) Thanks

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When's the new sign coming? The temporary one is pretty shoddy lookin'...

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Here's a WXMI Fox 17 story on the new Conference Room Design Plus built in the Pike House to help clients visualize projects at an early level.

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Here's a WXMI Fox 17 story on the new Conference Room Design Plus built in the Pike House to help clients visualize projects at an early level.

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We've now had 2 movie nights with a third coming up. We've also had Guitar Hero tournaments and people bring their Wii's in on occasion for some after hours fun.

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We've now had 2 movie nights with a third coming up. We've also had Guitar Hero tournaments and people bring their Wii's in on occasion for some after hours fun.

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