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 Kerr Building Renovation Update Page

Contractor: JMWingard, LLC, 235 Hull Street. Information provided by: Jennifer Wingard (used by permission)

Old Kerr Hardware building, Coldwater, Michigan, January 2011

Click here for the May 2013 update on the Kerr Block development situation. The project MUST get started before the end of 2013, or else the developer will back out and things put back in hiatus.

Click here for the July 2013 update. Coldwater Ale House brewery is hoping to raise enough funds to meet the deadline.

Click here for the Nov. 2013 update. There are hopes that MDEC will put up the rest of the funds.

Click here for the first Jan. 2014 update. Development will no longer include the Coldwater Ale House.

Click here for the second Jan. 2014 update. Construction could start as early as February 2014, pending completion of bank funding.

Click here for the April 2014 update. Final papers have been signed, renovation will begin!

Click here for the April 2014 OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE from Jennifer Wingard. Project is a go!

Click here for David Dean's photo album of the reconstruction work (Aug. 2014) including exclusive photos of the inside!

Click here for a special 9/9/14 YouTube video of a special interview with Jennifer Wingard about the project - its progress, what is coming, a few photos of the inside, etc.

Click here for an April 2015 update: Apartments will be ready May 1st, but all commercial tenants have reneged on their lease agreements.

Update on the Rehabilitation of the Kerr Block - March 9, 2011

The former Kerr Hardware building at 61 W. Chicago St. in downtown Coldwater will be renovated. Renovation will comply with the State and National Historic Preservation requirements. Plans for energy creation and energy efficiency technologies include:
When complete, the Kerr building will provide 1-4 commercial spaces on the first floor, 9 loft-style apartments on the upper floors, and two additional upper floor office spaces.

Renovation will begin as soon as the following are complete:
  1. Grant approval for the final environmental report to submitted to MSHDA (Michigan State Housing Development Authority). It is anticipated the by April requirements for the grants, tax credits and other tax incentives necessary to complete the project will be fulfilled.
  2. Tenants have signed up for some of the commercial space (see below).


For commercial tenants, the following incentives are offered:
  1. Tax Credits which will repay about 50% of build out expenses and some equipment expenses. 
  2. Renaissance Zone entitles businesses to ten years of tax abatement. 
  3. Liquor License available for the site. 
  4. Energy Efficiency Rebates from the City. 
  5. Low Interest Loan assistance from the City through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). 
  6. Low Energy Costs are available to all tenants because of the building's geothermal heating and cooling, a tight building envelope, a solar pilot project and a grid connection. 
More information available upon request - please contact Jennifer Wingard at (517) 278-6292 or writing to 235 Hull Street, Coldwater, MI 49036.

Please contact Jennifer Wingard also if you are interested in renting one of the nine apartments (a list is being created).

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