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Historic Mirro Building
Developed By: EJ Spirtas Manitowoc, LLC
5 Building Complex
7 Story High Rise - 500,000 Sq Ft
6 Story High Rise - 400,000 Sq Ft
3 Story - 250,000 Sq Ft
5 Story Connector - 150,000 Sq Ft
3 Story Connector - 125,000 Sq Ft
6 Acre Property

Historic Downtown Development Opportunity

Take your business to 1512 Washington Street, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Building Description

The historic Mirro plant has more than 1,000,000 square feet of space on a 7.49 acre redevelopment site that is located on the edge of Historic Downtown Manitowoc.

Within walking distance of downtown amenities such as the Capitol Civic Centre, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Rahr West Art Museum, Manitowoc Riverwalk, Manitowoc Marina, Manitowoc Yacht Club, Mariners Trail, Lake Michigan, Library, Farmers Market, SS Badger Lake Michigan Car Ferry and dozens of shops and restaurants, this is a development opportunity that is immediately available.

Building Information  Utilities
Address: 1512 Washington Manitowoc, WI
Electricity supplier:  MPU
Total sq ft available:  1,408,520
Gas supplier:  WPS
Number of stories: 7
Municipal water:  Yes
Ceiling heights: 8'5" to 12'7" 
Water source:  Lake Michigan 
Site size (ac):  7.49
Peak capacity at water plant:  11 mgd 
Topography: Flat
Peak capacity at sewerage plant:  15.5 mgd 
Setting: Downtown    
Zoning: Industrial Telecommunications  
Former Use:  Mirro Fiber
Optics:  Yes
Digital switching:  Yes
Transportation Nearest major highway:  US Hwy 151/10 Incentives  
Distance to nearest highway: Adjacent Development Zone Tax Credits   
Number of lanes: 2 Industrial Revenue Bonds  
Nearest interstate:  I-43 Revolving Loan Fund   
Distance to nearest interstate:  4 miles  TIF  
Number of lanes:  4 Technology Zone Tax Credits   
Nearest commercial airport:  Austin Straubel
Distance to nearest airport:  40 miles     
Rail service:  No    
Nearest port facility:  1 mile


Terms
Leasing Rate:  Negotiable
Lease Type:  Negotiable
Sale Price:  Negotiable
 
Building Contact 
Name: Eric J. Spirtas 
Phone: (314) 432-7733
 
Community Contact 
Name: Dave Less 
Title: City Planner 
Organization: City of Manitowoc 
Address: 900 Quay St 
City: Manitowoc 
State: WI
ZIP: 54220
Phone: (920) 686-6930
Fax: (920) 686-6939
Email: dless@manitowoc.org
Web: www.manitowoc.org

Mirro Plaza Prints / Plans

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Mirro Shops - 3D Rendering - Viewing North / East

Mirro Shops - 3D Rendering - Viewing South / East

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 Articles about EJ Spirtas Manitowoc - 1512 Washington, Manitowoc WI

Spirtas says economy makes Mirro redevelopment difficult
By charlie Mathews - Herald Times Reporter

MANITOWOC — Eric Spirtas said Tuesday a struggling economy has stifled redevelopment plans for the 900,000-square-foot downtown former Mirro manufacturing plant and offices.
"We are really captive in this market," said Spirtas, a St. Louis, Mo. businessman who purchased the city block-square building for $200 in June 2006.
"We are not able to make any clear plans until financial markets settle, banks settle and there is economic stimulus," said Spirtas, whose annual property tax bill is about $5.
Spirtas said he is not looking to sell the building that has had several owners since Mirro's parent corporation, Newell-Rubbermaid, vacated the structure in 2001.
He said an environmental assessment report performed last year contained "no surprises."
Spirtas said the state-subsidized examination was necessary as a pre-requisite for applying for any potential economic stimulus grants.
City officials continue to have concerns about various aspects of the building and the 4-acre site bounded by Washington, Franklin, 15th and 16th streets.
In the event a fire did break out, the city Fire Department has done several "table-top exercises" for how certain types of fire at the building would be brought under control, said city of Manitowoc Fire Chief Bill Manis.
His inspectors continue to monitor the building's sprinkler system.
Tony Dick, city police chief, is concerned about any abandoned building in disrepair. "If you don't maintain and keep a building up, it becomes a magnet for vandalism and criminal activity.
"This is a huge building in our downtown area and needs to be kept up," said Dick, noting more windows are broken now than a year ago.
"We have had people trespassing, and it would appear there have been people sleeping there overnight," Dick said. "But I believe we have ferreted out that problem."
Jim Muenzenmeyer, city building inspector, has expressed concerns about the building's succession of owners compliance with state and federal laws related to control of asbestos.
Muenzenmeyer said Tuesday Spirtas has employed netting to minimize the risk of loose roofing material blowing down to the street on windy days.
"A nuisance is what we determine it to be," Muenzenmeyer said of the seven-story structure built in phases from 1904-27. Mirro was one of the largest U.S. producers of cookware and bakeware.
Spirtas preferred to focus on future prospective tenants after the economy rebounds.
"There aren't opportunities today, but may be tomorrow," Spirtas said. "There is absolutely an open opportunity for the city, a speculator or an investor that has an idea today that would work … and wants to come and talk with me."


Wisconsin awards money to examine former Mirro building
By: Charlie Mathews, Herald Times Reporter

MANITOWOC — A state grant to help assess contamination at the former downtown Mirro manufacturing plant is viewed as a "complete success" by the building's owner.
"We are happy to have been selected, will put the money to good use and represent Manitowoc responsibly," said Eric Spirtas on Thursday, on the heels of the Department of Natural Resources awarding a partial $18,120 "site assessment grant."
The city had submitted "brownfield" grant requests of $30,000 and $100,000 to the DNR to fund an examination of the 900,000-square-foot building at 1512 Washington St. Spirtas purchased the land and building for $200 in June 2006.
It has been vacant for about five years, following Mirro's discontinuation of production of bakeware and cookware.
Spirtas said the potential end-use of the building is "a blur right now … we're trying to find out what it will be."
The St. Louis-based businessman said he is in communication with several prospective occupants of the seven-story, century-old structure.
Spirtas said he is seeking to find tenants "that have a desire for low cost per square foot use, and are willing to commit to a reasonable five-year term."
City Planner David Less said Thursday he hopes Spirtas will move forward, despite the grant not getting fully funded.
"My hope is he goes forward, better half an egg than no egg, and that we can get a handle on the environmental condition of this building," Less said.
"I look at one man's half an egg as another man's meal," Spirtas said. "Now, we can budget (the site assessment review by consultants) and follow the path available to us. The building has been there long enough. We can work through the process in a fair and responsible way."
Shortly after his initial purchase, Spirtas said, "What I am trying to find out is whether this building is a development or a wreck."
He said he saw a "lot of concrete, structural timbers and steel, in order. As the building stands now, we have good usable surface floors. Can it be a destination location, bring people downtown? Therein lies the trick and the challenge," Spirtas said.
On Thursday, Spirtas said the building is "up and in good shape."
The third owner since Newell-Rubbermaid first sold the property, he cautioned the overall shape of the national economy might influence the pace of potential reuse of the building.


Mirro Bldg: Opportunity Awaits
By Charlie Mathews - Herald Times Reporter

MANITOWOC — A sign on one of its doors declares, "Warning: this building has been determined to be unsafe for occupancy."
Despite that message from the Manitowoc Fire Department, Eric Spirtas doesn't want to tear down the mammoth, old Mirro plant he bought for $200 last June.
On a recent visit to Manitowoc, he shared his dream of "stretching downtown," and how he has spent thousands of dollars to keep the fire suppression system operating and the building secure.
Spirtas envisions a multiple, commercial tenant program offering different goods and services, "that would draw people from the west and east ... stretch downtown out."
But, it probably will be many months or several years before any tenants — residential or business — move in to the 900,000-square-foot structure at 1512 Washington St.
First, there needs to be a thorough environmental inspection. The city has applied for a $100,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to fund an examination of the building and land. It will find out in March if the grant is awarded.
He has no intent to raze the building that was home to thousands of Mirro cookware and bakeware employees for nearly a century, beginning in 1904.
Production stopped in 2003 and Mirro's parent company, Newell Rubbermaid, sold the facility in 2004 to a Michigan businessman for $100, and it passed through one more owner before Spirtas' purchase.
"I am comfortable in saying the most economical steps are not to 'green space' that block," Spirtas said of the four-acre site bounded by Washington, Franklin, 15th and 16th streets.
In for the long haul, but, he urged citizens to be patient, declaring developments of this magnitude can take many years. He said the incremental progress the past five years at Harbor Town Center on the city's west side is a lesson and inspiration.
"Harbor Town is a perfect example of vision and investment," said Spirtas of the development, which has Lowe's as its largest retail business. "Those developers have confidence in Manitowoc and I, too, think it is up and coming."
Spirtas said his commitment is evidenced by hundreds of glass patch panes put in where windows have been broken over the years. Deputy Fire Chief Tyronza Snowden said Thursday the fire suppression system is fully functional.
"The fact that, as the owner, he has been willing to roll up his shirtsleeves is a positive action," Less said. "I have every reason to believe his intentions are honorable."
But Less said Spirtas has major redevelopment challenges, even if the site review shows minimal environmental concerns that can be managed in place.
"If I had a magic wand, I'd either move it to the river or move the river to it ... it would be a great building if it had water exposure," Less said.
"It is a very large structure, located in an area of the city where I would guess market demand may be suspect," Less said. "Creativity will be a huge component of any development."
Spirtas said he's in for the long haul and welcomes any ideas from the community.
"I'm confident that with proper planning ... and the proper investment we will create a very, very satisfying development at 1512 Washington St.," he said. "Mr. and Mrs. Spirtas created optimism when they created me."



Mirro building owner not selling
Author: charlie Mathews
Publication: Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc, Wisconsin)
Date: Wednesday, March 18 2009
MANITOWOC - Eric Spirtas said Tuesday a struggling economy has stifled redevelopment plans for the 900,000-square-foot downtown former Mirro manufacturing plant and offices.
"We are really captive in this market," said Spirtas, a St. Louis, Mo. businessman who purchased the city block-square building for $200 in June 2006.
"We are not able to make any clear plans until financial markets settle, banks settle and there is economic stimulus," said Spirtas, whose annual property tax bill is about $5.
Spirtas said he is not looking to sell the building that has had several owners since Mirro's parent corporation, Newell-Rubbermaid, vacated the structure in 2001.
He said an environmental assessment report performed last year contained "no surprises."
Spirtas said the state-subsidized examination was necessary as a pre-requisite for applying for any potential economic stimulus grants.
City officials continue to have concerns about various aspects of the building and the 4-acre site bounded by Washington, Franklin, 15th and 16th streets.
In the event a fire did break out, the city Fire Department has done several "table-top exercises" for how certain types of fire at the building would be brought under control, said city of Manitowoc Fire Chief Bill Manis.
His inspectors continue to monitor the building's sprinkler system.
Tony Dick, city police chief, is concerned about any abandoned building in disrepair. "If you don't maintain and keep a building up, it becomes a magnet for vandalism and criminal activity.
"This is a huge building in our downtown area and needs to be kept up," said Dick, noting more windows are broken now than a year ago.
"We have had people trespassing, and it would appear there have been people sleeping there overnight," Dick said. "But I believe we have ferreted out that problem."
Jim Muenzenmeyer, city building inspector, has expressed concerns about the building's succession of owners compliance with state and federal laws related to control of asbestos.
Muenzenmeyer said Tuesday Spirtas has employed netting to minimize the risk of loose roofing material blowing down to the street on windy days.
"A nuisance is what we determine it to be," Muenzenmeyer said of the seven-story structure built in phases from 1904-27. Mirro was one of the largest U.S. producers of cookware and bakeware.
Spirtas preferred to focus on future prospective tenants after the economy rebounds.
"There aren't opportunities today, but may be tomorrow," Spirtas said. "There is absolutely an open opportunity for the city, a speculator or an investor that has an idea today that would work ... and wants to come and talk with me."