ENVIRONMENT: Red Mill redo in full swing

TRAVERSE CITY – The former Red Mill lumber building on Hall Street is quickly progressing into a three-story office building for the Great Lakes Community Mental Health (CMH) agency.

The historic building was demolished in March not long after commissioners approved the site plan laid out by DKL Construction Management Inc. CMH plans to move into the building next January.

DKL, with an office on Welch Street in Traverse City, is heading the construction under the name Red Mill Park Development Co. LLC.

Architect George Moutsatson, AIA, of Geocorp Ltd. in Traverse City incorporated yellow brick on the exterior to match the neighboring North Peak building.

To recognize the historic nature of the Red Mill site, he also added red brick and two-foot-wide circles with windmills in the center. According to Lionel Thomas II, a partner in DKL, phase two of the Red Mill redevelopment will be a three-story building encompassing a bank, restaurant, furnishings store, offices and townhouses. Thomas and his partners, Kent Gray and Don Wentworth, are currently negotiating with business owners interested in the space. The partners will take the “serious” proposals before planning commissioners this fall. The bus garage will be demolished to make way for the second phase, Thomas said. The third phase of redevelopment for the 3.66-acre site will include two buildings.

The development will generate $10 million in private investment, more than 75 jobs and substantial tax dollars for Traverse City.

In March, the Department of Environmental Quality granted $208,668 to the City of Traverse City to help it address environmental contamination at the property and adjacent parcel. Environmental data gathered at the site will help protect future owners from liability.

The company’s Web site (www.redmillpark.com) will provide the community with updates on the project. BIZNEWS