MLive: New branding and amenities unveiled for downtown office building

Sixteen months after buying the Campau Square Plaza Building, Franklin Partners LLC unveiled new branding and common areas as the result of a $4 million remodeling project for the 12-story office building.   … [Read more...]

GRBJ: 99 Monroe sees $4M makeover

A downtown Grand Rapids landmark has completed a major step in its ongoing transformation. The former Campau Square Building — a 12-story office structure at 99 Monroe Ave. NW — has become better known as 99 Monroe, since Franklin Partners bought the building from its lender in June 2012. … [Read more...]

Rapid Growth Media: 12-story Grand Rapids LEED Class A office building completes major updates, opens Panera Bread

An outdated circa 1985 Class A office building in downtown Grand Rapids has stepped into the 21st Century after receiving some key internal upgrades including a Panera Bread restaurant, a tenant-only fitness center, and a high-tech conference room that seats 50. … [Read more...]

GRBJ: Franklin Partners and Colliers team up again

Franklin Partners has decided to use the Old Testament wisdom King Solomon suggested as a problem solver — on a building that has sort of a modern-day biblical history. And it won’t be the first time the Chicago-area developer has applied Solomon’s strategy to its holdings here.   … [Read more...]

MLive: New owner plans to split office and warehouse facility used by Zondervan Corp. into two buildings

A distribution center and warehouse once used by Zondervan Corp. will be split from an adjoining office building at 5300 Patterson Avenue SE to create new industrial space, according to the building’s new owners. … [Read more...]

MiBiz: Don Shoemaker, Principal, Franklin Partners

While his company was initially involved mostly in industrial real estate in West Michigan, Shoemaker and Franklin Partners this year expanded their portfolio to include downtown Grand Rapids properties. … [Read more...]

MLive: New owners of downtown Grand Rapids office building planning facelift, may add restaurant

Downtown’s 12-story Comerica Building will be sporting a new look, inside and out, its new owners said Wednesday.   … [Read more...]

GRBJ: Franklin Partners buys a good boned building

At first, learning that Franklin Partners LLC has moved into the local office market by purchasing a key downtown structure might indicate a branding switch for the company. … [Read more...]

99 Monroe Under New Ownership

Illinois real estate investor Donald Shoemaker and his colleague Gary Tamminga—both of Franklin Partners, LLC—are known in West Michigan for their innovative, industrial property renovations. … [Read more...]

MiBiz: Chicago’s Franklin Partners finds value in West Michigan industrial, commercial properties

“People in Chicago ask, ‘Why are you going to Grand Rapids?’ They would say the same thing about Detroit or Flint,” Shoemaker said, noting the region has been largely undiscovered by outside investors.   … [Read more...]