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Construction firm travels north for $6.6M apartment building

July 24, 2014
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Construction firm travels north for $6.6M apartment building
The Apple Blossom Apartments project transformed the Central School building, built in 1902, in Iron River. Courtesy Wolverine Building Group

A construction firm has transformed an old school in the Upper Peninsula into a $6.6-million apartment building.

Wolverine Building Group in Grand Rapids said this month that it has completed work in Iron River on the 22 unit, 35,000-square-foot Apple Blossom Apartments, at 218 West Cayuga St.

Wolverine broke ground on the building last June.

The two-story building features one, two and three-bedroom apartments. 

The building is also Enterprise Green certified.

Apple Blossom Apartments is an adaptive-reuse project by developer Gryphon Group in DeWitt, north of Lansing.

Barry J. Polzin Architects in Marquette designed the project.

The building was originally constructed in 1902 as Central School, which closed in 1980. In 2004, the River Downtown Development Authority purchased the property.

“I'm proud to have taken part in the transformation of this unique community landmark,” said Marcus Ringnalda, project manager, Wolverine Building Group. “I hope the community of Iron River can benefit from this building for decades to come.” 

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