8080 Grand is believed to be the last factory building in downtown Dexter. It was built in the late 1940’s and used for many years as a powder coating facility. Other buildings, in what was the industrial district, have been demo’d and the zoning changed to village commercial. The industrial park is now outside of downtown.
The building was gutted to a shell. Then, restored to its former glory during 2016 to 2019. The windows that were once blocked to half their size or completely walled off have been opened using the original lintels and shapes. The beam that spans the ceiling from front to rear has been stripped, sanded and refinished in the Golden Gate bridge color, International Orange. I-Beam steel channel awnings built by the Cox Brothers were added over the doors while high-end glass garage doors complete the industrial vibe.
Architect rendering and plans from Todd Ballou at Focus Design.
- Demo work began February 2016
- The site plans have been submitted to the City of Dexter as of April 2, 2016
- On June 6, 2016 the City of Dexter Planning Commission approved our site plans
- Gorgeous five to six inch trunk trees are planted November 12, 2016
- Parking lot is done, November 16, 2016, two days before the asphalt plants shut down for the winter
- Color Labradorite, a Sherwin Williams historic paint color
- The roof drip edge and parapet wall are complete December 2016
- Windows and doors have been installed and all caulked January 2017
- The landscaping and 9′ deep rain garden completed
- Interior offices, carpet and final flooring
- Original beam down the center of the building stripped and refinished in International Orange, the color of the Golden Gate bridge
- As of January 2019, the building is leased and occupied
- Erratic Ale Brewery opens 2020
- Article in The Sun Times News regarding building and Erratic Ale planning to open here
- Article in MLive on Erratic Ale
- Article in MLive on building restoration Jan. 26, 2020