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September 15, 2013

Cass City Center gets $300,000 renovation

Four-floor office building being prepped for new tenant.

Owners of the Cass City Center professional office building at 301 E. Broadway are putting about $300,000 into renovations on the building's third floor.

The four-floor office building built in 1978 is currently vacant on the third and fourth floors, and has about half the second-floor's individual office spaces occupied now, according to Angie Burns, a real estate agent with MPR Realty, the company managing the property. PNC Bank and PNC Investments occupy the first floor.

Burns anticipates a new tenant to fill the 14,645-square-foot third floor come December. Burns declined to name the tenant, citing confidentiality agreements.

Demolition on some interior walls is slated to start Monday, Burns said.

"There's going to be some office spaces that are left alone," Burns explained, "but there are going to be some new walls and things like that that are built back."

Cass City Center LLC is using mainly local contractors for the work, Burns added. Leo Brown Construction Inc. is the general contractor for the project and some of the subcontracting work was also farmed out locally.

The building's parking lot was scheduled to be resurfaced Saturday and today. Landscaping along Broadway was recently finished. Lawn work around the rest of the building is likely to be finished in the spring, said Burns.

Owners are currently taking bids to upgrade the building's restroom facilities as well, she said.

"The owners are wanting to let the community know that they care what's going on" downtown, Burns said, "and want to make sure we have something that's presentable and looks good to everybody."

Todd Miller, the LLC's registered agent and one of eight local businessmen who make up the LLC's owners, said lease paperwork is underway with the unnamed business looking to move in on the third floor.

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