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Renovated Knapp's Building Reopening

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(WLNS) - After about two years of reconstruction the Knapp's building in downtown Lansing is finally seeing new life.

Some residents and businesses are already moving in.

This old department store building that anchors the corner of Washington and Washtenaw is a completely different place than it was just a year ago.

With new luxury apartments, businesses, and coming soon, restaurants, developers say this project will help breathe new life into downtown Lansing.

It was a diamond in the rough but with a little love, and a lot of money, the Eyde Company has restored the Knapp's building to its former glory.

Eyde Company CFO Mark Clouse says, "It brings excitement back to downtown and it brings a lot of money. Obviously there's a lot of investment that came into the city here."

Including support from the city to get a loan from the department of Federal Housing and Urban Development.

And local economic development organizations that stepped in to help facilitate tax incentive deals and bring in more business.

"I think in just a few months we're going to see a great opening and more tenants going in there," says Bob Trezise, president of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

Draper Eyewear has already made the Knapp's building its home.

Soon tech company Dewpoint and the Eyde Company will relocate here as well.

But that's not all-.

"We're working with a couple of restaurants we're interested in being in the building. "

Including one from Detroit looking to expand here in Lansing.

The building will also offer twenty-three luxury apartments.

"Every one of our apartments has outdoor space. Beautiful view of the Capitol."

And a beautiful place to work.

"The builders cut a big hole in the middle of the ceiling, brought all the new glass in, and then opened up the entire area."

But developers say the project is about more than lavish living and good design.

It's about bringing a more money and more people into the Capitol area.

"It's showing that there is a desire to be part of the vibrant downtown lansing. But without the city working with us and without the state having those incentives, it wouldn't have happened."

Another major tenant is a new fashion incubator called The Runway which will open later this summer.

The Eyde Company says it's still signing and looking for more tenants and developers say they plan to have a grand opening celebration in the late summer or early fall.

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