History of 100 Garden SE, former Kindel Furniture Factory

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100 Garden is home to Next Step of West Michigan.  We have owned this building, and the 3 acres of land, since 2015.  We are working hard to revitalize this space, and bring it back to productive use.

But, we are part of a story here at 100 Garden SE.  This location was home to Kindel Furniture, productive for over 100+ years making world class furniture, hiring people from here in Grand Rapids.  There was a great level of pride and craftsmanship for the furniture makers of Grand Rapids, and Kindel was (and still is: http://www.kindelfurniture.com/  ) a vital part of that movement.  Here are some great pictures of Kindel Furniture at 100 Garden:

 

 

Now, Next Step is doing the work to make this our new home, and create opportunities for some of our communities most vulnerable members.  This is a LEED Certified building, we are doing the management and general contracting ourselves, and our crew has done all of the work.  The quality and pride of workmanship is evident in each part of this build-out.  Here are some pictures of the renovation work in process: