A more than 100 year old school in downtown Corunna will become one and two-bedroom apartments designed to bring new families to town. Construction on the former Shiawassee Street School ceremoniously began on Thursday during a special groundbreaking ceremony. In attendance, despite the afternoon's light rain, were Corunna City Manager Joe Sawyer and Mayor Charles Kerridge, Assistant Superintendent of Corunna Schools, John Fattal, as well as Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership (SEDP) President and CEO Justin Horvath, Gary Heidel, Executive Director of Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and 4th District Congressman John Moolenaar. Also on hand were representatives of The Woda Group, the company behind the school's transformation. Principal David Cooper, Jr. and Senior Vice President Craig Patterson both spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Patterson described the vision for Cavalier Greene, a nearly $8 million investment in the city of Corunna. The complex, once completed, will house 40 units. In addition to renovation of the former school, additional construction will occur behind the existing structure. Some of the units will be located in that space.
The Woda Group also hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for a similar project in Owosso. The former Lincoln School will become Lincoln House, a senior housing facility. In the mid-2000s, The Woda Group renovated the former Durand High School (more recently known as Arthur Lucas Junior High), creating Sycamore House, a senior housing facility in downtown Durand.
Altogether, SEDP's Horvath estimated an investment by the company of around $30 million in Shiawassee County, an amount he said is unmatched by any company in recent memory.
Check out photos from the Cavalier Greene Groundbreaking on Thursday October 20th 2016.
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