Ceresota building now slated to become senior housing

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January 3, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
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Ben Johnson

A proposal to convert the historic Ceresota building from Class B office space into an 117-unit apartment building has been downsized.

Now the building owner is planning on renovating the Mill District landmark into a 57-unit senior living complex complete with a 36-foot tall solarium on the roof.

The south-facing windowless façade featuring the iconic Ceresota logo made it difficult to bring natural light into the building, which in turn made it difficult to attract and retain tenants, according to Jay Dworsky, one of the building’s owners. Now the building is "basically empty" while it waits for city approval on the renovation plans.

“With the new proposal we should have better light, currently the building doesn’t have too many windows,” said Dworsky. “Otherwise everything is pretty much the same from last time. We thought having less units would benefit our tenants more.”

Dworsky’s 117-unit application was approved last January by the city.