MOTM Exclusive: Citizen Team Gets Riverview Drive Financial Institution Structure; Exposes Large Strategies

MOTM Exclusive: Local Group Acquires Riverview Drive Bank Building; Reveals Big Plans

A focal point home on Riverview Drive has actually been gotten by a locally-based financial investment team as well as will certainly be established for mixed-use with a focus on beachfront condos.  Preparation as well as primary demolition job will certainly inhabit a lot of 2023, with the task anticipated to take a number of years to finish, according to the designers in a special meeting with .

The modern-day design structure at 400 Riverview Drive as well as its surrounding 3.5 acres previously was the residence to Chase Financial institution as well as its precursors Financial institution One, NBD Financial Institution as well as F & M Financial institution, returning to its building and construction in the 1970s.

In recent times, the structure has actually been primarily vacant, conserve for periodic temporary tenants (most lately a Charm Institution), while the bordering location started to bring in brand-new usages like the the high end ‘Breadbar’ dining establishment as well as the Elks Club, moved from midtown St. Joseph.   As well as ideal alongside 400 Riverview, the stretching brand-new North American head office of Whirlpool Company with thousands of staff members.

3 neighborhood entrepreneurs plus a companion from Nashville, Tennessee have actually affiliated to buy the previous financial institution home as well as will certainly spearhead its redevelopment as the ‘400 Riverview Team LLC’ .  They ‘shut’ the handle late December.


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Shane Franks possesses Greespan Building, a home builder of domestic as well as industrial residential properties in Southwest Michigan.

Tim Noonan is the proprietor as well as Head of state of Mead & White Electric, an electric specialist in the location for years.

Howard Litaker is a companion in a fruit and vegetables broker agent, SMP Advertising and marketing, offering the items of SW Michigan’s farmers.

Joe Concierge is a Nashville, Tennessee based investor as well as associated with Litaker.  Concierge brings experience in realty growth to the task.

Franks, Noonan as well as Litaker are overruning with interest for the task.  They think their neighborhood home as well as history are the secret to making 400 Riverview a substantial success for them along with the neighborhood at big.  “Our team believe in this neighborhood,” claims Noonan, “We’re mosting likely to be below.  We’re not leaving.  We might also be locals in the structure.”

Franks includes, “This is the very best harbor on the Lake, however it’s been brief on possibilities for seafarers.  We can aid alter that, together with Harbor Shores as well as various other tasks.”  Franks thinks both fulltime as well as weekend break locals prepare to purchase the Riverview Drive location, based upon current building and construction around the city.

Litaker describes just how the task collaborated in discussion in between 3 pals.  He got on his watercraft last summertime with Nashville companion Joe Concierge, checking where along the St. Joseph River there may be chance.  They were attracted to the Chase Financial institution structure with its bordering 3 acres.  At concerning the exact same time, Noonan’s firm was doing some electric operate in the structure, maintaining points in functioning order for the previous proprietor.  As well as, daily, Shane Franks was driving previous to his numerous building and construction tasks, believing “What capacity because structure!”

One evening at a yard party the 3 pals’ discussion counted on 400 Riverview as well as quickly, they were speaking about just how the bargain may look.  A couple of months later on, the desire counted on fact, as well as they ended up being the brand-new proprietors.  Currently, the inquiry is what they will certainly finish with that chance.

While preparation remains in the extremely beginning as ‘theoretical makings’ are attracted, they all concur that ‘blended usage’ is the future of 400 Riverview. The focus will certainly get on domestic, both in the existing structure as well as new-build frameworks.  Nevertheless, they see a location for a dining establishment or 2 as well as probably tiny industrial, pertaining to seafarers or condominium locals.

Franks describes there is 8,200 square feet per flooring in the structure.  He pictures domestic condominiums on the second thru fourth floorings, possibly with 5 systems per flooring, 2 on the River side as well as 3 on the City side.  They would certainly differ in dimension from 1200 to 2000 square feet.

Possibly, Franks claims there may be a possibility to include 2 bigger ‘penthouse’ systems at the 5th or roof degree.  He explains that the presence of 2 lifts, one on each side of the structure is a substantial advantage in setting out the floorspace for the future.

The purchasers all concur that a dining establishment would certainly be the excellent usage for much of the major flooring, where the financial institution entrance hall as well as major workplace when existed.  Extensive sights of the River via  flooring to ceiling home windows would certainly use a few of the very best water-side eating around.  Nevertheless, they additionally concur that they aren’t ‘dining establishment people’ as well as would certainly aim to individuals with experience as well as experience to develop a valuable food as well as drink principle.  They stressed they would certainly be looking initial to locally-based dining establishments to inhabit the initial flooring room.

An essential distinction in between this task as well as some that have actually been revealed however never ever appeared in the neighborhood market is that they don’t intend to ask possible occupants or purchasers to ‘think of’ the room.  Their strategy is to do significant indoor demolition immediately and after that develop ‘white box’ rooms that purchasers just require to end up—not go back to square one.

The structure’s area on the St. Joseph River is possibly the most significant solitary chance the brand-new proprietors see moving forward.  Every one of them are seafarers as well as think that substantial capacity has actually been missed out on up previously by the absence of short-term dock room on both sides of the St. Joseph River.

Such room, whether for Lake Michigan seafarers or citizens simply ‘out & concerning’ on the weekend breaks will certainly be an integral part of their strategy as it creates.  They recognize that all such strategies undergo United States Military Corps of Engineers authorization, along with various other city government input.  There is virtually 700 feet of river frontage on the website.

Besides the financial institution structure, the task pictures free-standing condo frameworks both up-river as well as down-river from the existing structure.  Noonan mentioned current building and construction in Harbor Shores as well as in Granger, Indiana as instances of just how such condominiums may look or suit to the website.  “Condominiums, houses, single-family, dining establishments, industrial all interacting…”.

Numerous times in our meeting, Franks, Noonan as well as Litaker all stressed that they “desire suggestions” for their task.  They need to know what possible condominium locals, along with seafarers as well as various other interested events intend to see their task.  As well as they aspire to function together with City of Benton Harbor authorities as well as various other designers like Keystone Partnership.

Franks claims the existing zoning of the website currently permits the mixed-use principle they imagine.  Nevertheless, they’ll be bringing their preliminary ‘makings’ of the task, still being produced, prior to city organizers as well as the Payment this Springtime.  “We desire their pointers,” he duplicated.

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