Major apartment, retail development moving forward in Jackson

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — A major development in Jackson is one step closer to happening, thanks to a loan from the state of Michigan.

It may look like a large field of grass, but the piece of property on Louis Glick Highway could soon be the center of life in downtown Jackson.

After founding the Grand River Brewery, a ground-breaking business for downtown, John Burtka decided more needed to be done.

“Right now there’s not a big inventory of market-based apartment units,” Burtka said.

So Burtka and his business partner came up with the Lofts on Louis.

Located on Louis Glick Highway, it will be a four story development with retail on the first floor and 30 apartments above.

The project got a shot in the arm Tuesday, with a $1.3 million loan from the state to help with development costs.

“There are so many moving parts in something like this. So this was the final one that we had to get solved. And we’re on our way,” Burtka said.

The city manager says multiple organizations came together to help make this happen.

“It’s a culmination of projects that you’ll start to see in downtown Jackson. This is one of hopefully many to come in terms of market-rate housing for downtown,” said Jackson City Manager Patrick Burtch.

Gilbert Chocolates just opened a new location across the street, and hopes this will mean more candy lovers coming into the store.

“We do want to make our storefront look really nice opposite this new place coming in, so this road is going to look inviting to the new people who are living there,” said Sally Krischbaum, co-owner of Gilbert Chocolates.

Construction is expected to start in November.

The project should finish construction sometime in 2017.



JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) – A parcel of land in downtown Jackson will soon be built up into a retail and housing development.

The quarter-acre sized lot in located on the 200 block of West Louis Glick Highway in Jackson.

Today the Michigan Strategic Fund Board approved a $1.3 million dollars to help fund the project that is being put together by a group called The Detroit Entrepreneur Development, LLC.

Plans call for a four-story building that will be commercial space on the ground floor and 30 apartments in the remainder of the space.

The total cost of the project is $5.3 million and construction is expected to begin as early as next week.

This is not the first time the development group has done work in Jackson.

They also built the Grand River Brewery in Jackson.

6 News Jackson Bureau reporter Aaron Dimick will have updates on the project online and on 6 News.

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