New life for the historic Allouez building

ALLOCATE, Wis. (WBAY) – A historic building in Allouez has been given new life, thanks to a business owner with a plan.

When Ben Bartolazzi, owner of a local real estate company, bought the building along Webster Avenue last year, he had a clear vision for its revitalization.

“We didn’t want to change much to the building, keep it as it was, except do it in a way that we could actually use it,” says Bartolazzi, owner of Ben Bartolazzi Real Estate. “Any possible place where we had nothing to change, we left because we wanted to preserve the history of it.”

Rarely used in recent years, the building housed the Allouez water utility from the mid-1930s to 2007 before becoming a community center and polling place.

Now it’s become the ultimate office space with a kitchen, play area and entertainment room that includes a golf simulator.

And an old vault has become a small conference room, just some of the many renovations that have left village workers more than impressed.

“It’s pretty amazing and nice to see a building like this being redeveloped, especially with the historical significance it has in the village, without having to see it go to waste,” said Mike Mahloch, foreman of the Allouez water service.

For Bartolazzi and his team of employees, the building has become a second home.

“We have the living room up front, we have the playroom in the back, we have the kitchen, so it’s just that I like coming to work every day,” Bartolazzi says with a smile.

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