The firm that is breathing new life into the Fire Blocks District was in town today for a meet and greet.
Windsor Companies is the new residential and commercial contractor tackling this 10-acre, six building complex and said it would create new jobs as well as new residential and office space.
Previously, this area between Second and Fourth streets and Jefferson and St. Clair streets was under the wing of The Ellway Group, but Windsor took over the reins and said the revival of the Fire Blocks will be done in stages.
Phase 1 is a $35 million renovation project for the Elks Building, the Huffman Building, and the 124 Building all on East Third St.
The company will transform these properties into commercial space, residential space including loft apartments and unconventional office space.
The apartments and office spaces are expected to be move-in ready in 12 months.
They said they are excited to be a part of the revitalization of downtown because while much is being done to the outskirts, the middle of downtown, where the Fire Blocks district is, still has a ways to go.
"Your average developer would come in and look at this and say 'no way, we're not going to do this, we're going to go build something from the ground up," said Eric VanZwieten, Marketing and PR manager for Windsor Companies. "Whereas we look at these old buildings and take architectural masterpieces from 100 years ago and turn them into super innovative, sexy spaces that people want to work in and people want to live in."
The company is planning to hold an official launch event Aug. 24.