The Huron Camera building at 8060 Main Street is slated to get some renovations and general investment by new owner Matt Schuster, who recently purchased the property through commercial realtor John Evans of Swisher Commercial.
Schuster wasn’t at the regular Dexter City Council meeting Monday night, but the city’s Community Development Manager Michelle Aniol alluded to some of his plans for the nearly 50-year-old 4,166 square foot street retail location that had been owned by local businessman and Webster Township Supervisor John Kingsley.
Kingsley operated the camera shop after becoming its sole owner several years ago. He made an effort to keep the business going, but ultimately the Internet and changes in camera technology and the co-opting of digital photography by photo-capable smart phones put enough pressure on the business to force it to fold last year.
“Staff has been in contact with the new owner … in the short term, he plans to make infrastructure improvements, including a new roof and new HVAC before making the space available for lease,” Aniol said.
Schuster has been inquiring with city officials about the zoning status of the property, which doesn’t only include the old camera shop space, but also where Absolute Computer was once located before their move to a new space on Broad Street across from Cottage Inn, Jazzercise, and Simpson Family Chiropractic.
It’s unclear at this time what was paid for the building, although online listings have it valued at somewhere in the neighborhood of $350,000 to $375,000.
Schuster will be paying to have some tuck pointing of the exterior brick done, as well as a full interior remodel of the Huron Camera space, which will require zoning compliance approval from city officials.
The former Absolute Computer space was already improved and had a bathroom added by that company’s owner Joe Nowak back in 2012.
Aniol said that Schuster seems like he’ll be a good owner and commented that he seemed to be very deliberate in how he is proceeding.
The property purchase encompassing Huron Camera also included an empty space between Wings N Things another nearby space renovated by A.R. Brouwer, according to Aniol.