ISHPEMING — An iconic building in downtown Ishpeming that has stood vacant for over a decade is now under new ownership.

The Anderson building located at the corner of Pearl Street and Main Street has had its fair share of memories since opening over 100 years ago. Originally built for retail and commercial space, along with an occasional café of sorts, the building was widely acclaimed when first constructed. Through the years, it was also used as housing for Tilden Mine workers.

Renovating this historical building has the potential to positively impact the local economy and draw in more visitors to Ishpeming.

“This is a building that is not just worth saving, it can be a catalyst for redevelopment and economic development in the entire community. I was doing some other business and talking about this building and the people in the office I was in said, this is going to be for Ishpeming what the Savings Bank building is in Marquette. This is going to be a big, wonderful, iconic landmark in the heart of our downtown,” said Ishpeming Downtown Development Authority Chairman & Ishpeming Area Historical Society President, David Aeh.

Currently, it has not yet been confirmed what the building will be used as other than potential commercial space on the first floor, but it’s planned to be stabilized and brought back to its original glory.

The new local owner of the building wishes to remain anonymous at this time.