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Eastown's Old Zondervan Building up for sale?

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Driving past the corner of Robinson Road and Lake Dr. Right above the cleaners building there looks to be a for sale sign. Is the Old Zondervan Building up for sale?

What uses could this have? Office, Residential? Tear down and new Mixed use?

Is It for Sale.

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Sale Listing

Guess that answers that.

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Driving past the corner of Robinson Road and Lake Dr. Right above the cleaners building there looks to be a for sale sign. Is the Old Zondervan Building up for sale?

What uses could this have? Office, Residential? Tear down and new Mixed use?

Is It for Sale.

Little Research

Sale Listing

Guess that answers that.

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A paint job (red), Open up all of the windows, put in a new clock, and make it mixed use.

Thank goodness that place is up for sale. That place was a relic of the "board up the building" era of the 70s.

Maybe buy the little building in front too, tear it down, brick the space over and put a fountain in the middle?

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I would love to see that building reworked. Remove the Cleaners and relocate it into the zondervan building. Have a brick patio with tables and a fountain (good idea guys) 3 or 4 ground level shops. Open up that building have some apartments and above office space. The lot has good parking, good access and a nice view. with the the Pizza hut gone, that corner can start to grow more.

What is replacing the pizza hut?

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I would like to see the clock on the top of the building fancied up a bit. I agree that it would be a prime spot for apartments with commercial on the bottom. The price with the amount of work that would need to be done might be a little prohibitive though.

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We were approached to buy this building long before the sale was made public. We looked at it and passed on it for a lot of reasons.

The building has a very strange footprint to work with if apartments or condos are developed they would be very long and skinny. Also one of the floors has a very low head height. Sheldon Cleaners doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, we saw that as a detractor from the project as a whole.

It's a tough project, I hope someone can make something out of it. Last I heard there were two or three offers in on it.

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I'm excited by the prospect of something new in Eastown, but a little trepidatious of how something that size might impact the neighborhood as a whole whether it be housing or retail. Typically things are small-scale in Eastown and that helps foster the sense of community.

An indoor farmers market with non-chain restaurants, a couple of bars and a performance area would be nice! :D

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I think a mix of market rate apartments and ground floor retail would change the whole feel of Eastown. I think a developer could squeeze 60-70 units out of that place. I don't know if there's adequate parking though. We looked at this building too, and I think there's only 40 spaces or so (could be wrong). Redevelopment here with something across the street (5/3) would inject a lot of life into Eastown.

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A paint job (red), Open up all of the windows, put in a new clock, and make it mixed use.

Thank goodness that place is up for sale. That place was a relic of the "board up the building" era of the 70s.

Maybe buy the little building in front too, tear it down, brick the space over and put a fountain in the middle?

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I would like to see the clock on the top of the building fancied up a bit. I agree that it would be a prime spot for apartments with commercial on the bottom. The price with the amount of work that would need to be done might be a little prohibitive though.

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I would think that opening up the building with windows would be an effort. Getting Sheldon Cleaners out until the new commercial space was up, would help keep them there and have a business in the space right away. I would love to see a bike shop, scooter shop, some food, or a nice gallery there. I would also love to see a group gallery for the local schools to show their work and have events.

I am guessing the views from the top of that building are quite nice.

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As I was sitting at the red light yesterday on Lake I was contimplating ways that could open up the building to provide natural light and promote uses such as office or commercial. I think it would be pretty easy (from an aesthetics viewpoint) to replace large expanses of the wall with glass. It would all come down to where and how structure supports the building...

Maybe I'll try to model up my idea a bit sometime in the near future...

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As I was sitting at the red light yesterday on Lake I was contimplating ways that could open up the building to provide natural light and promote uses such as office or commercial. I think it would be pretty easy (from an aesthetics viewpoint) to replace large expanses of the wall with glass. It would all come down to where and how structure supports the building...

Maybe I'll try to model up my idea a bit sometime in the near future...

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As I was sitting at the red light yesterday on Lake I was contimplating ways that could open up the building to provide natural light and promote uses such as office or commercial. I think it would be pretty easy (from an aesthetics viewpoint) to replace large expanses of the wall with glass. It would all come down to where and how structure supports the building...

Maybe I'll try to model up my idea a bit sometime in the near future...

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There is a lot of potential in this location. Apartments and/or condos could really bring something great to the already awesome Eastown neighborhood. Hopefully the structure proves to be solid enough to allow some shuffling around of interior spaces and the addition of more windows.

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As for the shape... if they could make the Flatiron in NYC and the Wrigley in Chicago work, certainly they could make this work. But that's only in regards to shape.

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While the new clock is certainly ugly, I remember reading an article when it went up and the guy from Kent Record Storage (or whatever it is called) made it a point to be very careful when covering up the orginal (awesome) clock. He said he would have loved restoring it but it was cost prohibitive for him.

I remember hating the new clock but being thankful that he left it intact for the next owner.

Joe

That stupid plastic clock was installed over the original terra cotta trimmed clock, which could certainly be restored. Picture, anyone??

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Any body want to make a venue? I live right around the corner. We need a larger-midsized venue for shows, something with some character. East town used to have the intersection. We could take out some of the floors to make a big center room, windows would not be needed. Come on, lets do it! We'd do it up, make it look like the Filmore inside, a place that will actually attract musicians to GR. I'm dreamin'...

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Any body want to make a venue? I live right around the corner. We need a larger-midsized venue for shows, something with some character.

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Any body want to make a venue? I live right around the corner. We need a larger-midsized venue for shows, something with some character. East town used to have the intersection. We could take out some of the floors to make a big center room, windows would not be needed. Come on, lets do it! We'd do it up, make it look like the Filmore inside, a place that will actually attract musicians to GR. I'm dreamin'...

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Any body want to make a venue? I live right around the corner. We need a larger-midsized venue for shows, something with some character. East town used to have the intersection. We could take out some of the floors to make a big center room, windows would not be needed. Come on, lets do it! We'd do it up, make it look like the Filmore inside, a place that will actually attract musicians to GR. I'm dreamin'...

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Had a chance to walk around the outside of the building.

This place could have potential to the right buyer. Sheldon would probably be very open to locating inside the building as long as parking does not get in the way of their business. There is much space in this place. Lets go for a rooftop bar. I would so love to look over the top of eastown late at night while sipping some oberon on a Friday night.

But for real, what options are here for this place. Would you tear it down?

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Sheldon would probably be very open to locating inside the building as long as parking does not get in the way of their business.

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... Lets go for a rooftop bar. I would so love to look over the top of eastown late at night while sipping some oberon on a Friday night. ...

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