The Kendall Building, one of downtown Grand Rapids’ most iconic faces, sits at the corner of Fulton Street and Division Avenue, the literal center of the city. Built in 1880 by pioneering businessman George Kendall, this five story red sandstone structure sat obsolete for twenty years until it was revitalized with commercial and residential life in late 2013.
Simultaneously, work began to redevelop historic Monument Park, which sat directly in front of the Kendall Building. An architectural firm moved in to the formerly vacant building across the street. The newly developed park is now a green amenity to residents, tourists and patrons of the Kendall’s ground floor restaurant.
This corner, previously a vacant eyesore, is now full of life.
616 Lofts at the Kendall is home to twelve residential market rate apartments, a ground floor Italian-style farm to table restaurant and roughly 5,000 square feet of offices as 616 Lofts and Development’s own headquarters acting as a buffer between the two.
The Kendall Building’s red sandstone and high ceilings lent themselves to a perfect fusion of historic and modern features throughout both the building’s residential and commercial spaces. Salvaged barnwood and reclaimed art using doorknobs from the old upper offices make 616’s second floor offices one of a kind. Market rate residential apartments offer a few unique features, such as exposed brick and high ceilings, alongside the same specs as are found in 616 Lofts’ other communities