The Evolution began in 1867 with the construction of Corporation Hall. Today it continues to be a living breathing part of a vibrant Downtown Kalamazoo. It houses five residential units on the the second and third floors, as well as two commercial units which utilize the first floor and basement. All units have been leased.
In addition, Corporation Hall has endorsed the philosophy of Sustainability, for both our building and the community. It is our belief that this philosophy will continue to nurture a growing downtown. Indeed, a significant part of our Corporation Hall Website and News (blog) will be dedicated to the history of our building as well as that of the downtown. We will also highlight the Sustainability Features which we feel will make Kalamazoo a better place to live, well into the future. And, last but perhaps most important a focus on what our neighbors and their activities provide to the community. Watch for more as we continue to evolve with our downtown.
Corporation Hall History
Kalamazoo Village officers first got a home of their own with the 1867 construction of Corporation Hall on the west side of South Burdick Street between South Street and Michigan Avenue. The 27,000 sq. ft. building housed fire companies on the first floor, with more municipal offices on the second floor. In the coming years, Corporation Hall also provided space for the first public library, the Ladies Library Association and the Kalamazoo Board of Education. The fire and police departments moved elsewhere in the early 1900s, but Corporation Hall was the seat of local government until 1924. In 1925, the building was leased to the J.C. Penney department store until 1956. Since then, various businesses have occupied the building and it has had several facades over the years.
Corporation Hall is a model for what is possible. It is our hope that the sustainability features put in place here will serve as an educational tool for all who want to learn about energy conservation and sustainability.
Following stringent LEED requirements, the project hopes to gain an energy savings of over 30% after initial costs, incorporating measures that will keep it sustainable not just today but into the future.