Construction has begun on the New Amsterdam Lofts, which will transform the Caille Brothers Building into 62 rental loft units. The building, located at 6200 Second Street, is the second phase of the Jonna Companies' two-phase loft development in the New Amsterdam Historic District of New Center.
The first phase, the 39-unit Graphic Arts Lofts, located at 44 E. Burroughs, is complete and is currently 48% occupied. One of the available units is a large ground-floor space that leasing agent Judy Jonna hopes to see used as a gallery or some similar retail use.
One of the New Amsterdam units is similarly ideal for retail. It is at the southwest corner of the building and includes a beautiful historic staircase to its mezzanine level. The north end of the building will be three floors of all residential units.
The Caille (pronounced kay-lee
) Building has a rich history. The Caille brothers invented coin slot machines and the conveyor belt used in grocery stores. The building was added onto three times as the company grew.
Jonna says the best possible news for New Amsterdam is the continued growth of TechTown
: "There are new companies, new people all the time." She says the Graphic Arts Loft has attracted a diverse group of professional tenants "that want to live in the city and want a nice quiet building."
Source: Judy Jonna, Jonna Companies
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh