South Haven Renovation Project Benefits from 10-Year Tax Abatement | Local News

A building that once housed one of South Haven’s original car dealerships will undergo a complete overhaul.

The former Art Overhuel Motors Sales building at 764 LaGrange St. has been purchased by South Haven Ventures LLC, which plans to spend $370,000 to renovate the 63-year-old brick building into offices and a warehouse.

To help offset renovation costs, Dan Jaqua of South Haven Ventures applied for a South Haven Commercial Rehabilitation Tax Exemption. Following a public hearing last Monday, council members granted the abatement to allow them to waive property taxes for 10 years on improvements to the building.

“This is another renovation project along the corridor that the city is prioritizing for redevelopment,” said Deputy City Manager Griffin Graham.

Graham said council was able to allow the property tax exemption since the building at 764 LaGrange is in a commercial rehabilitation district.

“We are excited about this project,” said Jaqua, who also owns Jaqua Realtors.

In his tax abatement application to the city, Jaqua said the 6,500-square-foot building had not been updated in some time and was “somewhat functionally outdated and obsolete.”

Jaqua plans to keep its office open at 513 Broadway, but plans to move its LASR Association property management services to the new location at 764 LaGrange St., along with Capstone Professional pool services.

“It will be a state-of-the-art resort for property management resources and pool service management,” Jaqua said. “Our plan includes a complete update to the exterior of the building as well as the interior to accommodate our growing business and improve the overall look of this hallway.”

The building will also continue to house Adams Designs & Print, a professional motorsports marketing company, which has leased space in the building in recent years, as well as the Rose Shop, which recently moved into retail space. at retail at 08947 M- Highway 140.

In addition to improving the exterior of the building with new paint, windows and signage, South Haven Ventures also plans to redo the parking lot, plant new landscaping and install an HVAC system, install new fixtures electrical and plumbing fixtures, a handicap accessible bathroom, kitchenette, a functional warehouse and a large meeting space that can be used by other community groups.

Renovations began in May with the hope of completing the project in August.