GREEN BAY - It's not an easy job to completely renovate a 100-year-old building, creating 23 separate apartment units. Doing all of that, while trying to maintain a building's historic design.
"When we have questions about things, it sometimes takes about a month and a half to get answers," said Jason Tschantz.
Tschantz is director of business development with Advisor Management. His company's in charge of the Platten Building project.
It's been a long 100 years for the Platten Building in downtown Green Bay's Broadway District. And the years have taken their toll on the building – but a new lease on life is coming.
Located at the southwest corner of Broadway and Dousman streets, the building's top two floors will eventually be studios and one and two bedroom apartments. The building was last used as a 46-unit boarding house.
In addition to the renovation of the top two floors, the building’s façade will be cleaned, get new awnings and windows.
"It's going to have a higher finish than most new apartments in the area,” explained Tschantz. “They're going to be somewhat smaller – they're going to all be interesting. There's really no cookie cutter."
Contractors are still working on finalizing all the framing, plumbing and electrical work. Despite that, through the dust and dirt, you can see signs of the building's previous life.
"We're actually able to keep that old mosaic tile for this particular restroom,” said Tschantz, pointing to the floor of what was once an old mop closet. “So, ironing out little details like this takes a lot more time than your standard apartment development."
Tschantz says the total project cost will be about $2 million – with about $400,000 coming from the city.
There is still a lot of work to be done on the inside, like joining the various gaps in the floors where walls used to be. To accomplish that, the contractors will use floor boards salvaged from other parts of the building.
Tschantz says the plans are to have an open house in October. He says rent for the studios, one and two bedroom units will range - on average - between six and seven hundred dollars.
Tschantz expects demand for not just the residential units, but the first floor commercial units, to grow; especially as the Broadway District continues to redevelop itself.
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