East Main Street Studios
A public/private venture between The City of Frankfort and Socks Construction of Traverse City to construct “East Main Studios”, a 30-unit workforce living complex with proposed occupancy in late 2021
In response to an urgent need for affordable housing for employees of local businesses, The Frankfort City Council established The Frankfort Housing Commission in 2020 to develop the necessary organizational framework for the city to acquire properties for redevelopment and assure the future affordability of housing for the area’s workforce.
“Frankfort is trying to build a community in which people can work and live right here in town,” stated Mayor Liz Thielman-Dobrzynski. “This project will help out the business district on Main Street, our factories and our hospital to resolve the staffing issues they are struggling with constantly.”
The property for East Main Studios, the new 30-unit workforce living complex, is being provided by The City of Frankfort and will be located at the corner of East Main Street and M-22, on the former Lion’s Club property.
Workforce housing is different from typical forms of housing. Workforce housing is most commonly intended for working households with incomes between 60 and 120% of area median income (AMI).
Socks Construction, and its full service design studio Design Elemental, have partnered with Component Construction Systems, a leader in custom prefabrication, to create modern, efficient, sustainable and cost effective living environments. Led by studio’s creative director, Angelo Adamo, East Main Studios will be designed with purpose – to awaken your senses and to make one feel secure, comfortable and right at home.
“Our goal is to provide the community with an affordable luxury living environment that is appealing and sustainable,” explained Adamo. “Because our focus is on design, we use the highest quality materials and finishes, just what you would expect from a high-end project.”
The modern building practices employed by Socks Construction and Component Construction Systems eliminate waste – up to two-thirds of traditional builds, reduce costs and shorten build times allowing
communities like Frankfort to accomplish their housing goals quickly.
“During my tenure at Graceland, I have faced housing challenges for our production staff, in addition to multiple executive level staff including CEO, COO and VP-R&D,” explained Doug Rath, Vice President-Human Resources at Graceland Fruit, Inc. “There simply has not been available housing options for many of our staff as they move into the area. This complex will really benefit The City of Frankfort and Graceland, as well.”
Construction is scheduled to begin this spring with occupancy expected in late fall 2021. The Frankfort Housing Commission will be connecting with the business community to reserve units in the East Main Studios. Rental rates will be finalized after Socks Construction determines building costs and financing help from the State of Michigan. Once rental rates are finalized and the management team is in place, preorders for local businesses will commence.