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Real estate agency reopens suburban office
A local real estate group has renovated its office in a historic landmark.
Real estate agency Coldwell Banker recently showcased a newly renovated space during the grand reopening of its East Grand Rapids office.
The interior of the building underwent a renovation of the entire first floor, including walls that were moved and updated electrical and WiFi, as well as the addition a second full bath and updated kitchen and fireplace.
The exterior also was repainted and a new railing and planters were added, and the patio was updated.
“The team at Coldwell has been a tremendous supporter of East Grand Rapids since opening their doors,” said East Grand Rapids Mayor Amna Seibold. “Their choice to renovate their historic space and remain in Gaslight Village is a testament to the strong business district we have. As the Village changes and grows, we are pleased to see long-term members reinvesting in their spaces — and our community.”
The East Grand Rapids office closed for renovations at the end of October 2018. Agents worked from home or had access to the 28th Street office, which sold a few months ago. All staff then moved back to East Grand Rapids.
Since its opening, the East Grand Rapids branch of Coldwell Banker has doubled its number of agents — now over 50 — who specialize in residential, commercial and luxury market spaces, as well as property management, corporate services and relocation, and title and mortgage services.
“Our building has such a rich history that we are thankful to have been a part of for almost two decades,” said real estate agent Martha Mackay. “These renovations mark a new chapter for us not only with a refreshed partnership with the Gaslight Village Business Association and our clients, but also as a reinvestment in the community.”
The historic blue house at 2168 Wealthy St. SE was built before 1914 as a private residence, according to East Grand Rapids History Room Curator Mary Dersch. In 1926, the home was sold to Gillette Photography but became a private residence again in 1946.
In the late 1950s, the building served as Kent District Library’s first East Grand Rapids branch before becoming men’s clothier The Bagpiper and various other businesses before Coldwell purchased the property.
Coldwell Banker is part of the CB Schmidt Family of Realtors out of Traverse City. Brothers Ken and Fred Schmidt are the owners/brokers along with their sons Mike and Fred Jr.