Develop // Build
We love old buildings, but some don’t age gracefully. Sometimes, to create something exceptional, you have to start fresh.
As we were wrapping up the final touches on Hancock Restaurant, the owner made mention of a property he had on Henry street behind his other restaurants.
He said it was run a down house with an adjacent vacant lot. They had inquired about redevelopment possibilities with the city of grand rapids and weren’t optimistic about their options. They were considering selling the property and cutting their losses.
At this point we had developed a strong relationship with these clients, so we offered to support them in whatever way we could.
After an initial meeting, it came to our attention that the project and ideas for redeveloping the site were being guided down a very unrealistic route. This was no fault of theirs; they are restaurateurs, not real estate developers and had simply not received the proper guidance.
We made some suggestions that seemed to resonate with their intentions and had a professional services agreement in place a week later.
We were hitting the reset button.
Going back to the beginning of the process
to figure out what was feasible.
The First Step
The first step – evaluate the condition of the existing house. We. Were. Stunned.
We’ve seen our fair share of old buildings and ones in bad shape to boot, but nothing quite like this.