616 Lofts on Ioniaâ€“ also in downtown Grand Rapids â€“ was unique in that it â€śconnectedâ€ť two buildings, both in the historic registry. This total renovation provided highly desirable retail space at street level (now home to the Grand Rapids Brewing Company), two partial floors of office users, and 23 apartments on the upper floors, including two-story loft-style apartments and executive suites. A few of the biggest challenges of this project was linking the two buildings together and working around existing tenants to minimize disturbances and accommodate their needs during construction. All work was completed on time and on budget.
â€śA big part of our vision has been renewing downtown Grand Rapids and the reuse of historic buildings. We learned a lot with First Companies, and in the process we were able to create a construction spec and successful model that we can easily replicate. The team at First Companies is highly innovative, offering great suggestions based on their knowledge and best practices. Theyâ€™re always looking for better ways to build.â€ť Â Monica Steimle, Director of Development