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Rehabilitation of old Central School in Iron River set to begin

There is a lot of work being done at the old Central School in Iron River thanks to a rehabilitation project that is now underway.

The building, which is being developed by Tom Hovey and the Gryphon Group and funded by The Bank of Northern Michigan and MSHDA, will undergo a $6.6 million adaptive reuse project to transform the former high school into apartments.

Apple Blossom Apartments will feature 22 affordable one-, two- and three-bedroom units for the residents of Iron River. The work is being done by Wolverine Building Group and architect Barry Polzin.

"I'm eager to take part in the transformation of this unique community landmark," says Wolverine’s project manager Marcus Ringnalda. "The City of Iron River has been immensely supportive of the project and it will be exciting to be part of the team bringing the vision to reality."

The property was constructed in 1902 as a high school and then served as an elementary and middle school before closing down in the 1980s. The building was purchased by the city's Downtown Development Authority in 2004.

The project is expected to be completed in December and will focus on sustainability to help reduce environmental impact and provide a healthier living environment for residents.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Gryphon Group
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