BENTON HARBOR, Mich., – Cornerstone Alliance and Cressy Commercial Real Estate celebrated the completion of City Center Lofts with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 74 West Main Street in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The dedication took place on Tuesday, June 29 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM EST included behind-the-scenes tours of the 20,000 square foot building.
Located at the corner of Main Street and Pipestone Street in Benton Harbor, the building was originally constructed in the 1880’s and underwent a remodel in the 1970’s. Public-private partnerships between Cornerstone Alliance, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the City Council of Benton Harbor, the Benton Harbor Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and Cressy Commercial Real Estate resulted in a comprehensive rehabilitation of the structure and its purpose. The building now serves as a mixed-use space and includes two commercial suites and 16 neo-industrial style lofts featuring exposed ductwork, spiral staircases, and 16-foot ceilings. Ranging from studio apartments to one-bedroom apartments with an office, no two are the same.
“This is a great moment for Benton Harbor, and all of Berrien County. Not even a global pandemic could deter Cressy Commercial Real Estate from a commitment it made to be a part of the residential transformation of downtown Benton Harbor. This project is more than the new investment and more than the 16 families who will call this place home. This is about proving a vision for more urban residences in Benton Harbor, drawing more people in to support the locally-owned businesses throughout Benton Harbor, the Arts District and Harbor Shores areas,” said Rob Cleveland, President and CEO of Cornerstone Alliance. “This project is the culmination of a tremendous amount of collaboration among many different partners. The City of Benton Harbor, the Benton Harbor Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Strategic Fund, Cressy Commercial Real Estate, the neighboring businesses who have all showed support and patience as the construction was completed, and the many residents and leaders who spoke in favor of this project – all of these groups are responsible for 16 new apartments and new commercial space in downtown Benton Harbor.”
“The completion of this catalytic project serves as a great example of what can be accomplished when the public and private sectors partner to accomplish a common goal. Cressy is proud to have played a critical role in the continued revitalization of Benton Harbor,” said Chris Fielding, CEO of Cressy Commercial Real Estate.