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Written by Joe Poirier   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 22:11

Advance Restoration now has 30,000 square feet, 3.6 acres at its disposal

A masonry restoration company has found all the room it needs to grow and then some in the former Belgium Community Center, once one of the largest banquet halls and bowling alleys in Ozaukee County. 

“We were looking to expand the business and we needed a little more room to do that,” Jordan Dimmer, owner of Advance Reconstruction, said. “It’s still a long way to go to achieve my vision of the property but we’re making good progress.”

The building has approximately 30,000 square feet of space and sits on 3.6 acres. 

The company moved from Saukville in January, about the same time Dimmer bought the business from his father Dan.

Dimmer said he wanted the company to remain in Ozaukee County because it’s between Milwaukee and Sheboygan, which is where the majority of its business takes place.   

“I like to stay in a 50-mile radius from our shop as far as work goes,” he said. “I don’t know if the new location will increase business, but it will give us a more central work area if we’re working in Sheboygan or Fond du Lac and other upper counties.” 

Vacant for about one year, the former Belgium Community Center is an ideal space for Advance Restoration because it has ample room for the business’ offices and storage, he said. 

When Advance Restoration moved into its new location, Dimmer said there were bowling balls and shoes in the building, as well as beer still in the cooler. 

Dimmer is in the middle of renovating the building and plans to complete the project by the middle of next year. 

“I’ve actually split the bowling lanes in half. One half will be used for cold storage and the other half will be used for personal use,” he said. “The dance hall was gutted to reveal 19-foot ceilings. The shop is almost 6,000 square feet, which will be used for  maintenance and  for storage and tools. There’s more space than I know what to do with right now.” 

According to Dimmer, the biggest project will be installing two service doors. The building’s roof also needs to be repaired and there are some maintenance issues that need to be addressed. 

As part of the zoning agreement with the Village of Belgium, Dimmer said he will erect an 8-foot-high fence on the east side of the property, will create a berm and plant trees for privacy. 

Advance Restoration has worked on a number of notable projects in Milwaukee such as the Clement J. Zablocki Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Avalon Theater, Tannery Business Center and the Pryor Avenue Iron Well. 

Last summer, it excavated the foundations of eight houses for Habitat for Humanity. 

The company also worked on Holy Name Church in Sheboygan.

“There is no project too big or too small for us. We do commercial and residential masonry restoration from basically a 10-story building to a residential house,” Dimmer said. “We also do demolition and excavation, which we started doing in 2010 to diversify the company.”

Advance Restoration is currently working with Gorman Construction on developing a library on Milwaukee’s south side and the restoration of Washington Elementary School in Sheboygan. 

In addition, the company is redeveloping the Historic Garfield School Cultural Campus into an apartment complex in Milwaukee. 

“Right around this time of year it gets crazy. Everybody wants to start working on projects,” Dimmer said. 

Dimmer also said he is optimistic about his company’s future business opportunities with the current state of the economy.

 “People are more comfortable with their economic situation, so it’s great for the construction industry,” he said. “We’re booked for the summer. We’re very fortunate.”

Since Advance Reconstruction relocated it has added four new employees. The company now has a total of 16 employees.

“My goal is to keep expanding. I hope in the next two to five years to have 25 employees and potentially have a satellite office in Milwaukee,” Dimmer said. 

 
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