Old foundry near downtown Muskegon to become live/work spaces

January 26, 2021

Source: Lynn Moore
Department: MLive
Email: lmoore8@mlive.com

MUSKEGON, MI -- One of Muskegon's oldest foundries is destined for a new trendy life.

It could take a while, but building owner Rob Rafson is committed to turning the former foundry near the corner of Western Avenue and Shoreline Drive into leased work/live spaces.

Rafson, founder and president of Chart House Energy, plans to begin the transformation by constructing a live/work space for himself. The building at 825 W. Western Ave. includes space for Chart House as well as warehouse and workspace for several tenants.

The building is comprised of a motley assortment of single- and two-story additions with the oldest section, built around 1890, located off the unpaved 11th Street.

Rafson said he has 20 years of experience redeveloping contaminated Brownfield properties, mostly in the Chicago area. Chart House Energy has been working with local communities, including Norton Shores and Muskegon Heights, to place solar energy panels on municipal buildings to help offset energy costs.

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