Anderson project selects architect

Tthe Anderson Building is seen in downtown Ishpeming in 1900. West Ishpeming Sands LLC announced that it has selected Barry Polzin, architect, to prepare a schematic design and price estimates for the redevelopment of the newly acquired building. (Photo courtesy of the Marquette Regional History Center)

ISHPEMING — West Ishpeming Sands LLC announced that it has selected Barry Polzin, architect, to prepare a schematic design and price estimates for the redevelopment of the newly acquired Anderson Building in downtown Ishpeming.

The Anderson Building is a 12,000-square foot late Victorian building constructed by a wealthy Swedish family in 1891. It has served as a home to businesses for over a century and is an iconic piece of Ishpeming history. It is currently under new ownership and is on its way to be renovated.

The building was purchased in March of 2017 by West Ishpeming Sands LLC with the sole purpose of redeveloping the property.

“In roughly four months, the project financing and the necessary tests to bring the building to code have been done. We’ve completed roof repairs and general clean-up. The next steps is to put together the design and we are excited to see what Mr. Polzin suggests,” said Anthony Moyle, Marketing Coordinator for the project, in a news release.

The first floor plans to feature retail, such as a micro-brew/restaurant or coffee shop. The second floor would work best for offices if potential tenants could commit before the project is finished. The third floor plans to feature loft apartments desirable to professionals and seniors.

The building will have an elevator to access all three floors.

“Having an elevator to access the upper levels is a key component to the marketability of the property,” Moyle said. “We also want to bring back the iconic weather vane and turret that sat on the exterior corner drum.”

The company is actively seeking tenants for the building. Anyone interested may contact the building owners via their social media platforms or by calling 906-485-5851.