Grand Avenue Club’s historic location on Michigan Street is getting a remodel, free of charge.
Design for a Difference, a national charitable organization teamed with Wisconsin flooring showroom and design firm Floor 360 to give a deserving Milwaukee non-profit a free remodel. After accepting nominations for three months, they announced the recipient, GAC, on Wednesday, June 1.
Founded in 1991, GAC provides adults who have experienced mental illness with job opportunities, pre-vocational training, education, and social programming for evenings, weekends and holidays. Members benefit from a supportive community and use the resources to find and maintain employment. They also can get help finding housing and other resources.
In 2001, GAC purchased the building on 210 East Michigan Street, where the non-profit is currently are located. The historic site is part of Milwaukee’s only block of extant nineteenth-century architecture, and the central location is reachable by bus from every neighborhood in the county, so member access isn’t limited. The building was constructed in 1856, making it one of the two oldest commercial buildings in the city and one of the only examples of Italian style architecture build before the Civil War.
FLOOR360 will be remodeling the first floor of the club. Kelly Keuhn, the Director of Design for a Difference and FLOOR360’s Kashou Design Studio Manager, broke the news at Grand Avenue Club.
“This place is of great significance to this community and I’m grateful that it will be here for a long long time” said Rachel Forman, GAC’s executive director.
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