Dard Building

This building is really two buildings. The western building was built in 1913 and was originally the home of Korff Manufacturing. I believe Korff was an early innovater in the airplane field. The east building was built in the mid-1920s and was home to Raymond Chevrolet. If you look closely at the 1935 picture you can see a new car for sale in the window of the building. The parking area was originally occupied by a dry cleaning operation from the teens up through the seventies.

Sometime after WWII, the buildings became home to a heating and cooling company that eventually became DARD (acronym for Dave Al Ron Don supposedly). DARD Mechanical existed in the location until the early 2000s. The property was bank owned and unutilized until 2007 when Alan Hooper bought it. Nobody had really wanted to touch it because of the environmental issues posed by the dry cleaning operations. Michigan Fitness Foundation moved into the 7500 square foot west building and Triterra moved into the east building. In 2011, MFF needed more space, so Triterra moved around the corner and the east building was renovated for MFF. They moved in on February 15, 2012.

The 2007 redevelopment included the removal of 9 underground storage tanks and over 2500 tons of contaminated soil.

Alan Hooper
1213 Center St