Historical Building Renovated and Transformed into Housing on Former State Hospital Campus

A more than 100 year-old building at the former State Hospital Campus was run down and falling apart; that's until developers took over and turned it into 29 loft-style, affordable housing units known as Cottage 36.

Those who live there now say years ago it wasn't anywhere you would want to live; but after about $14 million in renovations, a year of planning, and months of construction, it's a comfortable place to call home. There are still some historic pieces left behind, like brick on the walls, and the State Hospital embossment on the handrails.

It goes to show that almost anywhere can become home with some sprucing up.

Reporting in Traverse City, Sara Simnitch and Photojournalist, Jeff Blevins.