FLINT TWP. — ServPro of Northwest Genesee County, a water and fire damage restoration and mold remediation company, is in the beginning phases of a $3 million expansion on Linden Road near Genesee Valley Center.
According to General Manager Ken Patterson, the business, which is owned by Josh Ingersoll, purchased the 5-acre property in September and began Phase 1 of the project. That included clearing the land and environmental testing, and architects are now drawing up the plans for a 35,000- to 40,000-square-foot building.
“We want to provide other services within the ServPro offerings,” Patterson said “When people call us, they might have been through some hard times and need their contents to be stored while their property is being put back together. We’ll have a new storage system that will make it more efficient for us to bring furniture and things back into the office, clean it and store it until they’re ready to bring it back.”
Patterson said the business was outgrowing its current location at 5223 Commerce Road, and Ingersoll and his team were looking for another building that would suit their needs. Patterson said the properties they looked at needed significant upgrades, so constructing a new building made sense. The central location near I-75 and I-69 also is easily accessible for clients throughout the area.
The new building will have office space, storage for clients’ contents and space inside for ServPro vehicles. It also will have a larger showroom area where the business will display wood flooring and cabinetry, which often need to be replaced after water or fire damage.
“It’s traumatic when people lose something like that,” Patterson said. “They can come to one place and make a selection of flooring and cabinetry. The location also gives us a bigger footprint to get to the people who need us. We have a very good presence here, and we want to give back to the community and hire local people.”
Patterson said their franchise employs about 30 people, and with the expansion, they plan to hire 15 to 20 more employees, including mitigating staff and project managers.
Building will begin as soon as the plans and permits are approved, and Patterson said they hope to be moved into the new location by next fall.