JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Owner of Cherry Creek Winery and the Grand River Brewery, John Burtka, has been busy. First he announced plans to build a sprawling apartment complex in downtown Jackson. Next he takes a crack at the former One-Five-One restaurant used to be known as Daryl’s Downtown.
The site of the proposed former restaurant is proposed to be converted into a lower-level eatery with 12 apartments on the upper floors. According to Jackson Anchor Initiative Director Allan Hooper, this will attract a certain demographic.
“I think the millennial generation wants to live in an urban setting, and if we can offer that attractive urban setting, I think they will want to come and live here,” said Hooper.
Hooper believes that Downtown Jackson has the opportunity to fill up and thrive.
“Right now, if an apartment becomes available downtown, it’s just a word of mouth and it’s filled almost immediately. So, I think the market will absorb these quite easily when they come on,” said Hooper.
Those who are backing the growth of Jackson think the city is ready to take the next forward.
Hooper explained,” the millennials tend to eat out a lot and I know there’s plenty of restaurants downtown. And I know they would like some type of market to pick up staples and essentials.”
The project is backed by Lansing-based Kincaid Henry group. I reached out to them, but haven’t received a response. Developers looking at Downtown Jackson believe this might not be the last of what’s to come in the area. Kincaid Henry has been working with the owner of the Grand River Brewery on both Jackson projects. Movement towards making these a reality should begin this summer.