The Building

416 E Eighth Street: Breaking ground 2020

* All plans and renderings are preliminary *

Designed by Environment Architects

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Looking at the Building from Eighth Street, towards the Boardman River.

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Looking at the building from Eighth Street.

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Looking at the building from the Boardman River. Note the underground parking entrance and permeable deck overlooking the river.

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Another rear view of the building.

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Our building is nestled between Eighth Street (right) and the Boardman River (left). The first floor contains childcare space (purple), cafe/kitchen space overlooking the River (orange), and future tenant space (blue). The shared atrium stairway, lobby, and gathering space is shown in yellow.

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The second floor contains coworking space (blue) and listening room (green). The shared atrium stairway, lobby, and gathering space is shown in yellow.

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The third floor contains a mix of 1-bedroom and studio workforce housing units (orange) with shared gathering area in yellow.

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The fourth floor contains studio workforce housing units (orange), for a total of 22 units in the building! Shared gathering areas are shown in yellow with a multipurpose room overlooking the Boardman River.

A note on housing:

We often get asked what it means to provide “workforce” housing. Rent will be based on the income of the resident, and we are striving to provide a range of pricing options affordable for people who work downtown and in the Eighth Street corridor of Traverse City. We are currently projecting that we will provide 1/4 of the units each at a cost affordable to people earning 60% of the area median income, people earning 80% of the area median income, and people earning 100% of the area median income; and a 1/4 of the units at market rate. Rents for the small studios will start at just over $600/month. All units are planned as rental units.

We are not yet accepting reservations or applications for housing units. However, if you are interested in receiving updates on housing as it becomes affordable, send us an email at and we’ll add you to this list!