2016-11-24 / News

Victorian Village Houses Offices and Apartments

The Victorian Village complex on North State Street in St. Ignace has been renovated and all of the units are rented. Owner Paul Tyrer has remodeled the facility, formerly retail shops, to fill needs in the community, including doctors office space and apartments.

Doctors from Freedom Recovery Center moved into office spaces this May, as the first tenants in the renovated Victorian Village. Freedom Recovery Center helps patients with addiction treatment and will also offer services at the new St. Ignace Shores facility on Burdette Street. The group has offices in St. Ignace, Alpena, Marquette, and Traverse City.

Old Town Psychological Services of Gaylord and Traverse City moved from a location in downtown St. Ignace to a new office in Victorian Village.

Another office is rented by a lawyer from Traverse City.

In his original plans for the development,

Mr. Tyrer had wanted a restaurant included in Victorian Village, but he was unable to find a renter. Instead, the space earlier proposed for the restaurant will be turned into another apartment, which is already rented. In all, Victorian Village features four apartments, which helps fill the housing need in St. Ignace.

Mr. Tyrer has previously developed properties in Traverse City. In addition to serving as the contractor for turning the old hospital into the new St. Ignace Shores adult foster care facility, Mr. Tyrer is also working on other housing projects in St. Ignace and Mackinac Island.

He sees great potential in St. Ignace and many opportunities for investment and redevelopment of abandoned buildings.

“There are a lot of opportunities there for people in St. Ignace,” he said, “but I just can’t figure it out why people don’t want to step up to the plate to make some money.”

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