This one's my baby. For me, the Grove & Prairie Warehouse is a 36000 square foot blank canvas, with near-limitless potential for development. Initially, I was originally looking into the building for Cybernautic, as they were looking for a place to house their global headquarters. While Chad Parker and I both loved the building, it didn't exactly fit what he was envisioning for Cybernautic, so I began to dream of some other options. This building pushed me to follow through and finalize the process of acquiring my real estate license, and it's been a great creative outlet for me and those working with me. One of my favorite parts of my work in consulting & real estate development is getting to see people, organizations, and buildings reach their full potential, and I'm beyond excited to see this one come to fruition.
While I see a lot of potential with this building, and I've tossed around ideas like having a mural on the outside facing Main St, the reality is a building like this requires a lot of work and attention. It requires assembling talented people to tackle the work on the to-do list. But that challenge is also part of what makes real estate development worth it — if it was easy, everyone would do it!
The results from this project so far have been encouraging, but the best is yet to come! Construction is set to begin in summer 2021, and we hope this project helps build a brighter Blono! It's been a privilege to work with Kyle Glandon of Workbench Architects, a local Bloomington-Normal architecture firm, and the guys at Catalyst Construction have made the process about as easy as can be.