Work begins on 200 E Hudson in downtown Royal Oak

The second of two industrial-into-office-space rehabs has begun on the south side of downtown Royal Oak.

Now that work is wrapping up on 120 E Hudson, the developer behind that innovative renovation, Jim Johnson, is turning his attention to 200 E Hudson.

have dug the foundation and the steel contractor has been out to
measure the steel supports for the roof,” says Jim Schneider, president
of Royal Oak-based Schneider + Smith Architects, which designed the

The buildings used to be one large, single-story
industrial site. The machine shop dated back to the dawn of the 20th
Century automotive boom, adding more and more space as the industry
grew. It became obsolete as the industry contracted, and is now a prime
candidate for edgy, loft-style office space in the center of town.
Johnson split the building in half to make it more office friendly,
creating 120 and 200 E Hudson.

Several other similar structures
on the edge of downtown between B&B Collision and the railroad
tracks have gone through similar transformations. 120 E Hudson went
from a 7,000-square-foot down-and-dirty industrial building to chic,
ultra-modern office space clad in brick, concrete, aluminum and glass
for about 25 advertising office workers.

200 E Hudson is set to
undergo a similar transformation. However, a tenant hasn’t been found
yet, so construction will probably take a little longer.

Source: Jim Schneider, president of Schnieder+Smith Architects
Writer: Jon Zemke