People want to live in communities that are walkable with open and green space, a variety of housing options, commercial space and things to do. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation Community Development team is contributing to projects across the state to make Michigan communities an attractive place to live.
Here are six projects that are turning old or abandoned spaces into vibrant community places.
The Vogue Theater was built in 1938 in the Art Deco style of architecture. The building has been unoccupied since 2005, but recent efforts to bring it back to its original grandeur have been successful through a variety of private donations from community members, foundation dollars and grants awarded from the Downtown Development Authority.
MEDC Investment: $503,000 (Community Revitalization Program Grant)
Private Investment: $2,354,000
Local Contribution: $233,000
REACH Studio Art Center
Before and After
The REACH Studio Art Center used the crowdfunding platform Patronicity to raise more than $48,000 to support the center’s expansion. The project will quadruple the size of the non-profit that has been providing free and low-cost art programming to Lansing residents for more than 10 years. MEDC provided a$48,000 matching grant.
The Delft Theatre
The Delft Theatre in downtown Marquette was built in 1920 and featured 10,000 square feet of space and held nearly 1,500 patrons. The MEDC is involved in helping develop this unique, 100-year-old building in downtown Marquette, which will turn the old, abandoned theatre into a dinner restaurant and theatre combination.
David Whitney Building
The David Whitney Building was completed in 1915 and was designed by noted Chicago architect Daniel H. Burnham. Without the MEDC, the development would not have been possible. The MEDC saw the vision from the beginning of a greater west district and the concept of repurposing an entire neighborhood of historic buildings to a 24-hour, residential, mixed-use neighborhood.
The East End development is a 226,000 square foot mixed use development that was constructed by Midland downtown partners. The projected needed a partner like the MEDC to establish the right vision.
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Arena Place is a $45 million project that will put new offices, housing and retail development across the street from Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. The project will include 101 market-rate apartments and 250 parking spaces, 17,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, which will include a restaurant with outdoor seating.
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