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  1. Battle Creek - It's good to see restoration work finally progressing at 99 & 103 W. Michigan Ave. 103 was the former home to Arcadia Brewing, before they closed in 2017 to focus on their Kalamazoo location, which also subsequently closed. 99 has been vacant for more than a decade. Both properties required substantial rehab. work, including new roofs, which they are now getting. You can see the roofs totally removed through the upper windows in this recent photo - Source: LinkedIn | BCU Kalamazoo - Yet another cannabis retailer is opening its doors in town. This on
  2. (2) new site plan review applications have been submitted for the March 17 meeting agenda. Both are related to the marijuana industry - 1203 Fourth St. - repurposing of an existing building in a semi-industrial area. I think this is going to be turned into a new processing facility (for "Friends of the Garden, LLC"), but I can't quite tell if its for a different use related to cannabis. 104 / 110 N Drake Rd. - a new dispensary on some (surprisingly) undeveloped parcels for RAIR, a MI-based company with locations in Bay City and Muskegon, and with several more on the way. Their main s
  3. The s*** is really starting to hit the fan for Southwest Michigan First. More stories of prominent community organizations pulling their funding / memberships, plus a prominent board member resignation - all over the economic development organization's recent hiring of Lee Chatfield for its new CEO - Battle Creek - Clark Construction Company recently posted an update video of the new interior concourse & Nibi Restaurant at Firekeepers Casino. All of that metal framing.... madness! I took some screen grabs too - the video resolution was low -
  4. A few more recent pics of the new Portage Senior Center - Source: LinkedIn | Byce & Associates, Inc.
  5. A historic & proud day unfolding in Portage & Kalamazoo - It's exciting to read that the massive planned manufacturing expansion is back on-track too! UPDATE: Some photos from the day - Source: MLive | Joel Bissell Source: MLive | Joel Bissell Source: MLive | Joel Bissell Source: MLive | Joel Bissell Source: MLive | Joel Bissell Source: MLive | Joel Bissell Source: WWMT | Lexie Petrovic Source: WWMT | Lexie Petrovic Source: WWMT | Lexie Petrovic Source: WWMT | Lexie Petrovic Sou
  6. Some random Kalamazoo updates - Home2 Suites opens this May. Here's a sneak peak of their typical room - nothing too special, but looks nice and fills a gap in the market in downtown - Source: Instagram | @home2kzoo Structural steel is going in for the atrium stair at WMU's new Student Center & Dining Facility. I bet those steel shop drawings were fun to produce & review! Source: Instagram | @wmubuild
  7. EDIT to #4, above: On Monday, Kalamazoo City Commissioners voted unanimously to sever ties and terminate their membership with Southwest Michian First, based on their hiring of Lee Chatfield - Southwest MI First's response on Instagram effectively saying nothing, except that it sounds like they plan to stick by their decision, at least for now. Several have also noticed that they updated their nondiscrimination policy, after he was hired and the backlash started. And it looks like the county might not be far behind the city's decision - this is getting interesting - they allocate
  8. 1. Eastside Zoning Changes A public hearing is scheduled for tonight at the regular City Commission meeting for the proposed zoning changes in the Eastside Neighborhood. If you'll recall, the changes are centered mostly around the goals of increasing housing options, supporting a greater variety of businesses, and promoting walkable development, through the implementation of new Live-Work zones - Source: City of Kalamazoo 2. Inventory Kalamazoo 2022 The city's Historic Preservation Commission plans to re-launch its city-wide resources survey this spring, after COVID-19
  9. Despite a groundbreaking ceremony late last year, not much happened for a while. Now, foundations at Portage's new Senior Center are well underway - Source: LinkedIn | Byce & Associates, Inc.
  10. Sounds like a logical move. They can tap into that brand loyalty and take advantage of the associated perks and improvements that come with the switch, including the installation of new locks that can be controlled by smart phone apps for remote check-ins. I wouldn't be surprised if the GR location followed suit. (PS - sorry again about the massive Muskegon photo dump. Hopefully that wasn't too annoying)
  11. Catalyst 12 drive-by, from yesterday. She's a beaut!
  12. Richland (Gull Lake) - This restaurant - South Kitchen - just opened in November 2020 in the small, unincorporated community of South Gull Lake (Ross Township). You can see it under construction on Google Maps, here. Gull Lake is historically (and currently still) home to some of the wealthier families and pricier real estate in Michigan. It is home to the W.K. Kellogg Manor House (now owned by MSU). It is north of, and partway between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. November 2020 was probably about the worst timing ever for a new restaurant opening, but the menu looks amazing - from th
  13. Battle Creek - Progress on Industrial Partners USA's new $11 million industrial facility - wall panels are going up - Source: LinkedIn | BCU
  14. (Part 5 of 5) Mercy Health Arena / Rad Dad's Taco's / VanDyke Mortgage Convention Center - Vintage Redefined & Dr. Rolf's BBQ - The Babbitt Building - Amazon Apartments - VanDyke Mortgage Convention Center - End with a sunset over Lake Michigan - P.J. Hoffmaster State Park - Thanks for obliging me / allowing me to clog the thread for a bit!
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