If you have taken a drive down Pulaski Street recently, you may have noticed that a construction crew is working on the Pulaski Printery building.
Oregon-based construction company Gorman and Co. is turning the former printery into an affordable housing complex.
According to Ted Matkom, Gorman and Co. market president, the project will primarily focus on the building’s interior. “
It (the printery building) has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and will look essentially the same.”
Matkom also noted that the affordable housing complex will consist of 43 apartments, all one- and two-bedroom units. Also featured will be an exercise room and a community room, but one aspect not included in the complex is a swimming pool.
When asked why Gorman and Co. chose Pulaski as a new location, Matkom said that it was an easy choice. “I love Pulaski as a vibrant up-and-coming suburb of Green Bay. It has a great school system and is in much need of affordable housing.”
Their website states their goal is to “revitalize communities through innovative housing partnerships.” The building has a long history. The original main block of the building was built in 1940-41, and was known as the Franciscan Printery. In 1957 the name was changed to the Franciscan Publishers, and from 1961-62, an expansion to the building was built and completed giving the building its east wing. The Franciscans would continue to work in the building until 2001. At that time, the printery went out of business and since then, the building has not been used and has remained dormant for nearly two decades.
In 2017, renewed interest in the printery sparked up, when the Franciscans discussed with about 40 people ways to revitalize the printery. Ideas such as a movie theater, bowling alley, relocating the Historical Society Museum, or even moving the public library there. None of these ideas came to fruition, so instead the building went unused until now, so for the first time since 2001, the Franciscan Publishers building will be in use. The complex is expected to be completed by the spring of 2021.