The Temple Building, which stood empty for a decade, is undergoing a resurrection.
The structure at Cedar Street and East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue is being transformed into 31 apartments and office and commercial space as part of a $10.5 million makeover.
Richard Preuss, owner of Preuss Pets across Cedar Street from the building, said he welcomes the renovation, which is being developed by Michigan Community Capital.
“This area is kind of that gateway area, one of the first things you see when you drive in,” Preuss said. “And (the renovation) dresses up the whole neighborhood. It’s kind of hard to have a nice suit when your tie’s got a stain on it.”
Preuss said that when the building was a church and later a club, there was a lack of parking; however, he noted a parking structure is included in the renovation plans and will ease the parking issue.
Lauren Palmer is owner of Curvaceous Lingerie, which sits across Cesar E. Chavez Avenue from the Temple Building. She said the renovations will be huge for Old Town.
“With increased retail and live/workspace included in the renovation, it’s only going to help contribute to the vibrancy of the area,” Palmer said. “This year, Old Town has seen a lot of new businesses move in and move around in general. That being said, most of the new businesses are concentrated further west than we are. It will be a most welcome change to have a boost down on our block.”
Developers say the renovation should be complete in spring 2022.