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‘Luxury’ apartments, offices will fill newly erected Warner Building in downtown Kalamazoo

May 19, 2021

MLive 180 E. Water Street imageKALAMAZOO, MI — “Luxury” apartments will soon be available for lease in a new building in downtown Kalamazoo.

Residents who move into the Warner Building will join commercial tenants including Southwest Michigan First, Stryker Johnston Foundation and The Kalamazoo Promise, according to a news release about the development.

Catalyst Development will soon open the doors to downtown Kalamazoo’s latest “luxury urban living” option at 180 E. Water Street, LKF Marketing said in a news release. Located within the newly constructed Warner Building, the space features 45 apartments at affordable, market and premium rates, the release states.

The new property will offer various floor plans, including 20 efficiency apartments as well as one-bedroom units, two-bedroom units and four premium units. LKF Marketing did not immediately respond to a request from MLive for the rent rates sought for each apartment.

“We wanted to build a community within 180 E. Water Street that is accessible to people from all walks of life,” Catalyst Development Vice President and Managing Director Patti Owens said. “From the very beginning, we wanted this building to reflect the diversity that is Kalamazoo. And its location within the heart of downtown allows residents to enjoy the charm and convenience that downtown dwellers are able embrace.”

Some of the units are ADA-accessible, with the ability to transform additional units if needed, the news release states.

The apartment development has reserved parking, a fitness studio, secure mail and a package delivery center. A rooftop terrace, connected to a social gathering room, is also available to residents. The property offers on-site security officers, a surveillance system and video intercoms in each unit.

In addition to the apartments of 180 E. Water Street, the Warner Building will also be home to commercial tenants.

Commercial space in the building will host offices for local companies and organizations such as Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, Southwest Michigan First, Communities in Schools, Stryker Johnston Foundation and The Kalamazoo Promise.

“We look forward to welcoming these organizations and feel each will add something really special to the neighborhood we’re creating,” Owens said.

Josie Boucher, executive partner in Warner’s Kalamazoo office, said the company is “honored to join other leading Kalamazoo organizations in this wonderful new space.”

“We envision The Warner Building will be viewed as a business hub and gathering space within downtown,” Boucher said. “Co-locating here with economic development and community organizations aligns directly with our values and confirms our commitment to the city.

“Warner strives to become immersed in each community where we have an office. This location is ideal for us because it’s a newly constructed building in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo, allowing Warner to add to the vibrancy of the downtown business district.”

As construction and design partners CSM Group and TowerPinkster complete the finishing touches on the building, the commercial tenants of The Warner Building will take occupancy this summer. Residential occupants will be welcomed to 180 E. Water Street in mid-summer, developers say.

Catalyst Development is currently accepting applications and providing tours of the building. To learn more about the residential opportunities of 180 E. Water St., schedule a tour or fill out an application, visit, connect through Facebook or Instagram or call 269-492-6810.

The building project began in August 2018, when a groundbreaking ceremony was held. The location was previously the site of a city-owned parking lot at the corner of North Edwards and East Water streets, across the street from the Arcadia Creek Festival Place.

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