Family plans suburban financial and events center
A family who owns an insurance agency in the area has bought a building and is converting it into a financial center and event space.
Andy Simmons, Dawn Simmons and T.J. Simmons, co-owners of Hudsonville-based Shield Insurance Agency — which also has a location in Wyoming — last fall purchased a historic building at 3214 Chicago Drive in Hudsonville that they are converting into an office and events building called Hudsonville Financial Center.
The Simmonses purchased the 3,936-square-foot building for $405,000 from Universal Fire & Casualty, a bail bond agency that will continue to lease space on the second floor, according to city of Hudsonville property records.
T.J. Simmons said the family has invested about $30,000 so far into renovating the historic building. Construction began in November and is expected to be complete this month.
“The building was built in 1907, and it’s been in Hudsonville since back in the day,” he said. “It was a meat market and a gas station; it’s been a bunch of things.”
Shield Insurance will locate its main office, with 10 employees, on the first floor of the building. Six additional offices will be available to lease by tenants in the financial industry, such as estate and trust planners, mortgage brokers, financial advisers, accountants and more.
“We’re trying to make it a one-stop-shop for financial needs,” T.J. Simmons said.
The main floor also will be a community events space with a kitchen and surround sound that can hold 45-50 people.
It will be “a space that anyone can come and use, whether it’s a Boy Scout group or a dinner for a family,” T.J. Simmons said.
Steve Haas, of Delton-based Affordable Home Maintenance, is the project’s contractor.
Founded in 1967, Shield Insurance Agency provides health, auto, life and business insurance to customers across Michigan.