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DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

What was once old will soon be new again. A Detroit landmark will soon be home to new businesses and a restaurant. The Grand Army of the Republic building currently being renovated.

Click on the video player. Jason Carr takes us inside.

Looming over the corner of Cass and Grand River is Detroit's "castle." Detroit's GAR Building was built as a post, a lodge by and for veterans of the Civil War. It's one of the city's most historic and recognizable buildings. It's been vacant for 30 years, but now it's being restored.

David and Tom Carleton are two of the new owners. The brothers' creative firm, Mindfield, will occupy the top floors; levels two and three will be leased to similar companies.

It's a massive renovation, but builder Brian Mooney says parts of the limestone building, like its 100 year old banisters, are just as sound as they were back in 1899. 130 windows will be reinstalled. Total project cost? $2.5 million. A museum and restaurant are planned at ground level.

The renovation is painstaking, it's costly, but those involved say it's worth it to be part of Detroit's rebirth. Move in day is Veteran's day 2013.

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