It’s only been a couple of months since the new City Center Lofts apartments in downtown Benton Harbor became available, and they’re now already filled up. Cornerstone Alliance President Rob Cleveland tells WSJM News all 16 units are leased for the next year. He’s not surprised.

“There’s just a huge demand for new housing, new multi-family, market rate housing, in Benton Harbor, in St. Joe, in the townships, and all of our communities,” Cleveland said. “What you see here is just the start, and we had a great announcement yesterday with Whirlpool and the 80 units that they’re developing for workforce housing. There’s still a tremendous need, and we’re going to continue to actively recruit builders and developers to put up new units in our community.”

City Center Lofts is located at the corner of Main Street and Pipestone in a building that was originally constructed in the 1880s. Cleveland says the building was slated to be demolished until Cornerstone bought it and saw the potential. They turned the building into apartment units in a partnership with Cressy Commercial Real Estate, which now owns the property. Cleveland says the public groundbreaking was just a few weeks ago, and at that time, nine of the units were already leased.