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Esker Square Well Underway

Construction is well underway at Esker Square, the much-anticipated mixed-use development on south Cedar Street. 

“We’re very pleased to have the project moving forward and at a point where people can see what it’ll look like,” said Scott Gillespie, founder and CEO of The Gillespie Company. “We appreciate and are greatly looking forward to being part of
the Holt community.” 

Though construction was slowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions in supply chains, Gillespie says they are making good progress to their planned fall 2022 completion date. The first building is shaping up quickly, with the roof and exterior finishing in place and construction beginning on the interior. The second building will begin later this summer, with an anticipated opening in summer 2023. 

New live-work apartments have also been added to meet the changing landscape of commercial space. “COVID damaged the market for new businesses and new offices, and changed the way people are doing work,” Gillespie said. “We worked hand-in-hand with the township to still allow space for commercial tenants, but to pivot more towards what people need.” The live-work units will be located on the first floor, and have traditional living spaces along with a small storefront or office. “We hope this will attract small businesses, artists, startups – anyone who needs more space to work but not a large office.”

As construction progresses, The Gillespie Company is setting up their management team and preparing for the opening in the fall. Details on leasing and more information will be coming soon – stay tuned for more details. 

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