Baker Lofts: Old furniture warehouse reborn as apartments downtown GR

Date: June 20, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Standing on a newly-constructed parking ramp next to what used to be a vacant, hulking furniture warehouse, banker Jack Bernhard recalled his initial unease with the new Baker Lofts redevelopment project.

“I remember standing below here and not getting the full vision,” said Bernhard, a community development banker with Chase Bank in Chicago, the project construction lender.

That was three years ago. Now,“it’s great to see the creation of a new neighborhood."

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