Renovation Proceeds on the Joplin Supply Company building and Gryphon Building

More news on other renovation projects going on in downtown Joplin from the Joplin Globe. First, we have the former Joplin Supply Company building at 228 S. Joplin Ave, where the renovation is proceeding under the ownership of a Kansas City developer, Donald Rosemann, and general contractor from Shawnee, Kansas, Straub Construction. The building will be rechristened the Ford Lofts and will offer 35 apartments, 7 of them single bedroom and the rest two bedroom. Rosemann believes that they’ll have high occupancy by completion next year.  Part of the key is that the building will receive federal funding to offer reduced rents for affordable living.   For bonus points, check out the comment section for the revelation that some individuals view “loft living” as an 8th deadly sin.

Second, is a follow up on the status of the Gryphon Building at 1027 S. Main Street.  The building, former home to the Interstate Grocers Association, will open in a few weeks with an expected 60% occupancy.  The cost of the renovation was around $8,000,000 and the building will be leased by floor in stages.  The first floor will feature “historic elements” that remain from the executive offices of the grocery company and provide restaurant and retail space; the third floor will have a “business incubator” that will feature 19 suites, with a “common reception area, conference room, kitchen and break room.”  In the basement will be a gym, and the other floors will all be business space.

Here are two links, one to the building’s facebook page and the other to the regular website for the building.

Here’s an earlier home of the Interstate Grocers.

Interstate Grocers Association home

The home of the Interstate Grocers before the present Gryphon Building

More Coverage on the Union Depot Proposal

Support the renovation of the Joplin Union Depot as a new home for the Joplin Museum Complex!

Support the renovation of the Joplin Union Depot as a new home for the Joplin Museum Complex!

On Sunday, July 11, 2010, the Joplin Globe featured two articles on the Union Depot.  The first article includes a brief history of the depot, when it was built, as well efforts twenty some years ago to renovate it (which only succeeded in putting on a new roof and new stucco on the walls).  Also in the article are some quotations from Clair Goodwin, president of the museum board, who appears reticent about the proposal.  A quote is also offered from Allen Shirley, president of the Joplin Historical Society, again along the lines of hesitance, this time due to space issues.  Historic Joplin yesterday posted a response to the current management of the Joplin Museum Complex with regard to these quotations.

The second article featured a walk through with David Glenn, a contractor and owner of Glenn Commercial Group, who participated in the attempt to renovate the depot twenty some years ago.  In it, Glenn points out how the building is in a good position structurally and has a relatively new roof.   Included with the article is an interesting video of the walk through with Glenn and a Globe reporter.