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Groundbreaking in Iron River

June 6, 2013
The Daily News


Staff Writer

IRON RIVER - The ongoing renovation of Iron River's former Central School into the Apple Blossom Apartments was celebrated on Wednesday with a ceremonial groundbreaking event.

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A ceremonial groundbreaking event was held Wednesday for the Apple Blossom Apartments in Iron River. Officials pictured from left are Marcus Ringnalda of Wolverine Building Group, Iron River Mayor Terry Tarsi, Tim Hovey of the Gryphon Group, Marty Richardson of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation, Kirk Schott of State Senator Tom Casperson’s office, Jim Gibula of the Iron River Downtown Development Authority, Jason Blain of the Bank of Northern Michigan, and Barry Polzin of Barry Polzin Architects.

Construction on the project started in late March and is expected to be completed by next year.

"It's fitting that in its 110th year, 2014, Central School will don a new name and a new purpose," said Jim Gibula, chair of the Iron River Downtown Development Authority. "It will once again serve the city of Iron River and its people."

Once completed, the Apple Blossom Apartments will contain 22 affordable housing units.

Officials who gathered for the groundbreaking included Iron River City Council members, developer Tim Hovey, architect Barry Polzin, and representatives from the general contractor Wolverine Building Group.

"We're extremely excited and proud to be part of the team working on this project," said Hovey. "It's a dedicated group of people."

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