CADILLAC — Months of cleaning, repairing, replacing and remodeling have culminated in a Cobbs-Mitchell building that is ready to be re-introduced to the public.
On Tuesday, July 3, building owner Robb Munger is planning an open house to show off the historic structure and all the improvements that have been made to its interior and exterior.
The open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m.
In 2017, Munger acquired the building with the intention of cleaning it up and opening a Starbucks and office space for various businesses.
This plan eventually was abandoned because Starbucks prefers a drive-through lane — something Munger said he didn’t want to install given the historic nature of the building.
Instead, he decided to renovate the building and use it as office space.
Crews dropped the parking lot area about 4.5 feet to make the building Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.
Munger said when making any renovation decision on the historic building, which was built in 1907 as a place of business for various lumbering interests, he carefully considered what type of impact it could have.
As part of the renovations, Munger's team completely washed the exterior of the building; removed a tree that had roots encroaching on the foundation; constructed an elevator for handicap employees; erected new drywall; and replaced electrical fixtures, furnace units and windows, among other things.
Munger also temporarily removed the sign in front of the building explaining its historical significance and had it professionally cleaned before returning it to its original spot.
Engineering firm Prein and Newhof, along with financial advisors Edward D. Jones, had initially planned to move into the structure sometime in March, but Munger said cold weather put a damper on these plans.
Over the last several weeks, crews have been working on paving and striping the parking lot, which is finished today.
There still is some minor work to be done on the inside of the structure but for the most part, Munger said it's ready for use.
He anticipates Prein and Newhof will be able to move in by July 9.
Edward Jones also had agreed to lease the building, but Munger said some architectural constraints caused this plan to fall through, so he is looking for additional tenants.
Munger said he was drawn to the building not only for its historical value but also because of the things going on in Cadillac right now, including the Cadillac Commons.