This three-story, 500’ long heavy timber industrial building was previously the Storkline Furniture company, one of the largest manufacturers of infant and child furniture. The building sat vacant for several years before Mercy Housing Lakefront began an ambitious program to convert the building into loft apartments to provide high quality, affordable housing and services to support working or retired individuals and their families.
The design takes advantage of a long 400’ courtyard to create a passive landscaped area that will be visible from half of the residences as well as the building’s large lobby and amenity spaces. At the west end of the building, a modern glass and steel lobby will stand as a welcoming area for guests and residents to enter the property and access amenities. On-site security and management spaces will be accommodated nearby, as well as a community room with kitchen, a fitness room, and a computer lab. Outside, the property will include terraced green spaces, a play lot, and 1:1 surface parking for guests and residents.