CHARLOTTE, Mich (WLNS) – The new owner of a historic building has big plans for it.
6 News broke the news last night about the sale of the old Christensen’s Furniture building. It hasn’t always been a furniture store, but it has been a part of the city’s downtown for 150 years.
Gary Zarkowski, who bought the building Tuesday for $33,500, says he’s “real happy to get it.”
He told 6 News today that he plans to build “upscale loft” apartments on the top two floors and put some retail stores on the first floor. Among his ideas, a “hip” coffee store and a gym that would be open to the public as well as the people who live in the apartments.
There’s a lot of interest in the project. Suggestions by Charlotte residents on Facebook include a grocery store, a restaurant, and a place that gives kids something to do.
Zarkowski, who works in Greenville, Michigan, has already met with one city official and plans to return to Charlotte next week. He says he’s also lining up an architect who can work with him and protect the historic nature of the building.
That doesn’t mean it will remain the same. He says parts of the large brick facade may need to come out so the upstairs apartments can have windows. He says he’s also working with city officials on parking.