128-130 West Michigan

128 w michigan

The Maurers in the last year have created six loft apartments in a building across the block from the Kresge Building. The 1860s former Hewitt Hall, at 130 and 128 West Michigan Avenue, once had a third floor that housed the first theater in Ypsilanti. Frederick Douglass spoke there three times in the late 1860s. Today the third floor is gone, victim of a long-ago fire. The ground floor is the home of the new What Is That art gallery (be sure to check it out). Tourgoers will be going into three loft apartments; two are 800 square feet and very different from one another, and the third is surprisingly spacious at 450 square feet. Laura Ober, who teaches English to seventh graders in Belleville, is happily ensconced in one of the larger apartments. Kyle Farr and Luis Ballesteros moved in June into the other 800-square-foot space, which has two bedrooms and an unusual skylight in the living room. Steven Rajewski, a student and a musician, lives in the small apartment, which has a separate bedroom and a very cool Ikea kitchen. Steven used a bookshelf as a “wall” to create an office in his living room. The five people who live in these four downtown loft apartments all have in common a love for their unique urban homes and lifestyles.