By Josh Lintereur

MANITOWOC – Gov. Scott Walker joined local and state leaders Friday in marking the transformation of a former downtown factory into a loft-style apartment complex and art gallery.

The ceremony capped a six-month renovation project at the 87-year-old former Mirro Plant 3 building at 2402 Franklin St., which has since re-opened as the Artist Lofts.

The governor praised the apartment project for providing affordable housing options in the community and for earmarking a quarter of the units for potential lease by veterans.

“This is going to be an outstanding addition here to Manitowoc,” Walker said during the ceremony, afterward adding that “it’s a great way to revitalize a building and give it new purpose.”

The 40-unit complex features income-restricted apartments, with a handful of market-rate units.

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