Greenleaf Trust finishes Birmingham building

Greenleaf Trust is putting the final
touches on its new office building in downtown Birmingham, with plans to
open its new Metro Detroit office there in June.

“They start
installing the furniture next week,” says Patti Owens, vice president
and managing director of Catalyst Development, which is in charge of
constructing the building. “There is still a lot to do.”

The Greenleaf
Trust Building
promises to be a sight to see on downtown Birmingham’s eastern edge at the corner of Maple Road and
Woodward Avenue. The five-story building can be seen from a webcam here.

Greenleaf Trust
expects to receive silver LEED certification for the Eckert Wordell
Architecture
-designed building with environmentally friendly
features like a 1,500-square-foot green roof, natural lighting, and
numerous water- and energy-efficiency fixtures. That’s a big change from
the abandoned gas station that used to stand on the lot.

The
first floor will be occupied by Zazios, a modern Italian restaurant
based in Kalamazoo. The restaurant, set to open later this summer, is
applying for a special economic development liquor license. The
Birmingham City Commission recently approved a measure allowing for
these extra liquor licenses, which go to projects that either build a
new structure or improve an existing one downtown.

The second and
third floors of the 50,000-square-foot building will be dedicated to
office space, some of which will be occupied by Kalamazoo-based
Greenleaf Trust. Five rental apartments will go on the fourth and fifth
floors.

Source: Patti Owens, vice president and managing
director of Catalyst Development

Writer: Jon Zemke