LAKE LINDEN - Spiral staircases leading to lofts, windows extending nearly floor to ceiling, and a scenic view of Torch Lake are just some of the luxuries you can experience while touring Lake Linden's newest apartment complex.
Each of the seven newly constructed rental units, situated above Quality Hardware in the heart of downtown, feature upscale amenities, dark wood furnishings and carpeting throughout. The Louis Hennes Block apartment units vary in size and layout - some include lofts, which can transform into an additional bedroom or office space - and others are the standard kitchen, living room and bedroom. Two-, three- and four-bedroom options are available in this truly unique and spacious living environment.
"We love how it came out with the high ceilings," Jason Meneguzzo said. "On top of that, it's quiet, there's a great view and it's next to the park, which is nice for families."
A loft-style apartment inside Lake Linden’s newly constructed complex above Quality Hardware. On Friday, Louis Hennes Block apartments is having an open house from 4 to 6 p.m.
On Friday, Meneguzzo said they're having an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. to show the apartments to the community. Tours will be given, and snacks and refreshments will be served.
"So far we've had a lot of interest in them," he said. "We already have four out of the seven rented out, and I'm sure it won't be long before the others are, too, because they are so nice."
Meneguzzo said constructing apartments above Quality Hardware was a project in the works since early 2000. Because the second floor served as storage for several years, it was a huge undertaking to transform the space into livable areas.
"We wouldn't have been able to put the funds together without the help of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority," he said.
Quality Hardware has long been an anchor business on the corner of Calumet and 2nd streets in Lake Linden. In fact, that's part of the reason Meneguzzo said they tried to dig up historical records on the building.
"We were trying to find out who the original owner was," he said. "We looked through the (Michigan) Tech Archives and the (Houghton County Historical) Museum and couldn't find anything for the name of the building."
Then, out of the blue last week, he received a phone call from the granddaughter of the building's original owner, Louis Hennes.
"She said her grandfather had built the building in 1887 after the fire in Lake Linden," Meneguzzo said. "She was in town and asked if she could come and take a look at the apartments because her grandparents used to live up there."
Meneguzzo said the apartments, managed by Tre Frattelli, are low to moderate housing, unfurnished and tenants must sign a one-year minimum lease. Each unit includes a full-size stove, refrigerator, and, phone and cable hookups are provided in each room. Smoking and pets are prohibited.
Ample parking is provided in the lot across Calumet Street and snow removal is provided in the winter months.
"This is a really nice location, just steps away from the park and downtown," Meneguzzo said. "We're really happy with the way everything turned out."
Meneguzzo said he is grateful to everyone who helped in the development of the apartment complex, especially the contractors and Lake Linden Village President Ed Fisher.
"We couldn't have done it without them," he said.
For more information, call Jason Meneguzzo at 370-2121 or Greg Meneguzzo at 370-8891.
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