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Downtown Vibe Brings New Investor

Fond du Lac, WI – The Zimmerman Building at 131 S. Main has housed department stores, lawyers, and bagel shops since it was built in 1914; however, new owner, Jim Loeber, had some different ideas in mind.

Loeber originally purchased the building in December of 2014. “I came to see the property and there was a great vibe to downtown. Once inside, I saw the vision and was hooked,” said Loeber. Prior to taking on the Zimmerman Building project, Loeber’s construction company of 26 years primarily did residential remodeling and new homes. Taking on a commercial property was a new and exciting challenge which included gutting, designing and rebuilding 21,000 square feet of residential space, installing a new elevator, and bringing key-fob access and a camera system for improved security.

Loeber has recently completed renovating the second & third floors of the building and will soon finish the fourth floor. These floors house 19 luxury apartments, including 9 one-bedroom units, 9 two-bedroom units, and 1 three-bedroom unit, ranging in size from 600-1500 square feet. The first floor includes a ground-level and a mezzanine level, which will be leased to businesses. Three businesses, Vogds Insurance, Green & Clean LLC, and Urban Echo, have already moved in and Loeber is looking forward to customizing the space for additional future tenants.

“It has been a pleasure working with Jim on this project and we are thrilled that he chose to personally invest in downtown Fond du Lac. The residential spaces are in demand and the quality of the workmanship will be a great draw to potential residents,” said Amy Hansen, Executive Director of the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership.

Potential residents can find more details about leasing a space by contacting Blue Frog Property Management at 920-322-4640 or visiting
The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership is the administrative arm of the Business Improvement District, which is comprised of 284 businesses, 76% of which are locally owned. The mission of the partnership is to establish a diverse, prosperous and healthy district that is the social, commercial and cultural heart of our community. For information call (920) 322-2006 or visit

Posted 06-17-2016