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An exciting new mixed-use development in downtown Jackson was unveiled Monday morning with a ribbon cutting and tour. Located next to Jackson City Hall, the Lofts of Jackson development at 159 W. Michigan Ave. repurposes a two story commercial building.
The development features five newly constructed one-bedroom units on the second floor, and a hair salon on the first floor. Construction on the salon is in the planning stages, while the apartments will be ready for leasing next month. The units provide loft-style living with brick walls, polished concrete floors, high ceilings, spiral staircases, skylights and views of the city. New kitchens feature modern appliances and granite countertops. Three of the units are rent-controlled, while the others are being offered at market-rate rents.
The Lofts of Jackson is a project of Denise and David Lammers. The development started when Denise planned to move her salon to downtown Jackson. However, the couple from Jackson County decided to take their investment a step further by creating a mixed-use development that will contribute to the revitalization of the downtown area. Other recent developments in downtown Jackson are new large-scale buildings with dozens of market-rate units. The couple is excited to renovate an existing building and offer downtown living to people of modest income. “Knowing that we can offer apartments that are going to be more affordable for people, we’re really happy to be a part of the housing solution for Jackson,” said David Lammers.
Fifth Ward Councilwoman Kelsey Heck was at the unveiling and says she is glad to see a new development that offers downtown living to people of low and modest incomes. “Housing affordability is really important, and we’re going to need a mix of that. We’re going to be able to have market-rate and some low-income too, so it’s really exciting,” Heck said.
This rehabilitation project also required close collaboration with the City of Jackson. David Lammers says working with city administration and staff has been the best part of making the Lofts of Jackson come to life. “I can’t say enough about City Hall. Everyone from the top floor down to the first floor has been fantastic to work with,” Lammers said.
Learn more about the Lofts of Jackson by visiting their website.