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Grew up in Saginaw and Midland and my family still lives in the area. I hadn’t realized this thread got back up and running.

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A Delta College campus building will be constructed in downtown Midland, with plans to break ground by fall 2019. The interdisciplinary innovation and education hub is being brought to Midland through a collaboration with Delta, The Dow Chemical Co. and the University of Michigan.
Source: https://www.ourmidland.com/news/amp/...d-13013411.php

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I know this has been done in many other areas with success, and it seems to be a good idea for this region. So much great development potential in the form of solid, historic structures in compact urban cores, but it can be extremely daunting for someone new to the development game. It makes you wonder how many great ideas are not followed through on simply because of lack of knowledge, experience, or confidence.

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New nonprofit aims to infuse region with community-focused developers and investors
Phil Eich | Second Wave Media
December 6, 2018

Passing by vacant downtown buildings can set entrepreneurial minds spinning with ideas about how those empty spaces could be put to use, but for many, the thought of managing a complicated development project full of codes, costs, regulations, and contracted labor can send them running the other way. But a new nonprofit called Infuse Great Lakes Bay hopes to equip budding developers and real estate investors with the skills, resources, and mentorship necessary to turn empty spaces into places that create value for communities around the region. Officially launched in October of this year, Infuse Great Lakes Bay is comprised of planners, engineers, real estate developers and investors, economic developers, business consultants, accountants, architects, and CEOs...
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Midland - someone who works for DowDupont recently explained this merger and planned split to me. It seemed quite tricky - I can't imagine the complexity and logistics of all of this.

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DowDupont's three way split set for 2019
Steve Carmody | Michigan Radio
December 28, 2018

2019 starts the countdown for the three-way split of a major Michigan company. The chemical industry mega giant DowDupont was created by the August 2017 merger of the two companies. But the merger was always planned to be brief. The company is on track to divide into three companies by the end of the second quarter of 2019. Midland-based Dow is primarily going to be getting the basic chemicals production...
Bay City - Veteran's Memorial Bridge repair to start soon as a temporary fix to a more expensive problem.

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BAY CITY, Mich. - Traffic headaches are coming soon for drivers who pass over the Veteran's Memorial Bridge in Bay City...in the new year MDOT is starting construction. One lane will be closed in each direction, starting January 7...so crews can repair the damaged pavement, and make some electrical improvements to the bridge...This comes as city leaders are still debating how to fund the millions of dollars in repairs the two city owned bridges, Independence and Liberty.
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Hoyt Public Library to reopen after renovations

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Local bookworms will be able to crack open a good book at a newly updated library.

The Hoyt Library in Saginaw reopened on Monday, Jan. 14, after being closed to the public since mid-December.


Delta College’s downtown Saginaw satellite campus on track for September opening

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SAGINAW, MI - Work continues on the new Delta College satellite campus in downtown Saginaw. Officials say it’s on track to open for the fall 2019 semester.

Karen Lawrence-Webster, a Delta College board of trustee member, said the first open houses for the building are expected in May.
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Development / construction news in the Tri-City area is pretty frozen right now, but here's some small things.

Temporary wayfinding signage coming to Saginaw:

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Wayfinding signs to promote foot traffic in downtown, Old Town Saginaw
Heather Jordan | MLive
January 11, 2019

SAGINAW, MI — Beginning this spring, pedestrians and bicyclists may notice new, temporary wayfinding signs with QR codes to direct them to entertainment venues, museums, restaurants and other destinations throughout Old Town and downtown Saginaw. The Saginaw Downtown Development Authority received a $1,000 grant from Eastern Michigan Council of Governments for the temporary signs, which will remain posted through the summer, or as long as they remain in good condition, said Cassi Miller, business development manager with Saginaw Future. The signs are temporary because they’re made out of a laminated, cardboard-like material...
A new distillery and pizza place coming to Midland:

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Alysia Burgio | NBC25News
January 14, 2019

MIDLAND, Mich. - It may not look like much now, but soon the closed down 'Michigan Music Shop' on Main Street in Midland will transform into an old-fashioned pizza joint on one side and a distillery on the other. Two new attractions Allen Downtown Enterprises Owner Rick Allen says he couldn’t wait to put in downtown Midland...
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Florence Knoll died January 25, 2019 at the age of 101. She was a pioneering influence in the mid-century modern design aesthetics that are so popular again today. Few may realize that she was born in Saginaw and attended Cranbrook Kingswood in Bloomfield Hills where she met Eliel and Eero Saarinen. Florence went on to study architecture at Columbia University, later London, then IIT, where she met many other influential architects and designers. She met Hans Knoll in the 1940s, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Knoll published a tribute to Florence on its website.

Florence Knoll Bassett, Design Pioneer and Guiding Light of Knoll, Dies at 101
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Uptown Bay City phase 2 plans call for hundreds of new residential units and some commercial

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BAY CITY, MI – The next phase of Uptown Bay City is expected to begin in the fall or in early 2020, the project’s developer said Monday. The work will include construction of a new mixed-use buildings to further connect downtown Bay City to the Uptown Bay City site.

The update was given at the Great Lakes Bay Economic Club luncheon meeting at Saginaw Valley State University on Monday, Feb. 25, where President and Chief Executive Officer of Shaheen Development Dr. Samuel Shaheen and Vice President Peter Shaheen gave updates on some of their developments in the mid-Michigan area.

“The next phase of Uptown is really working to concentrate on integrating Uptown with downtown,” Peter Shaheen said. “Currently, the centers of commerce and activity are isolated by (neighboring) blight and vacant land and we are working to bridge that gap and build the two neighborhoods together.”

The new area of land is expected to produce 700,000-800,000 square feet of residential and commercial mixed-use properties. Additionally, roughly 80 residential units will be the first to go up in the near future.

“Right now, it’s based on the square footage, but it’ll be hundreds of residential units and several commercial spaces as well,” Samuel Shaheen said, adding that the next phase will be 10 to 15 years of continuous development. “It’s a continuum of development over the next decade or so."

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'We want to have vibrant downtowns’ in mid-Michigan, say Shaheen Development leaders

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SAGINAW, MI – At a Great Lakes Bay Economics Club luncheon on Monday, Feb. 25, members listened to an area development company’s vision for the future of mid-Michigan.

“Our goals for what we try to accomplish in this region are very simple: We want to re-energize our urban core, we want to have vibrant downtowns," said Peter Shaheen, vice president of Shaheen Development. “We want to work hard and diligently to bring residents, families and businesses back into an urban core.”

He and Dr. Samuel Shaheen, president of Shaheen Development, talked about what they have done to help foster growth in the cities around the area. The meeting took place at Saginaw Valley State University.
Saginaw Future highlights 2018 developments in Saginaw County

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Saginaw Future held the Economic Excellence Awards luncheon on Friday, Feb. 22 that highlighted economic projects in 2018.
The 35 projects totaled $141,607,449 and 831 jobs were created or retained, according to a Saginaw Future annual report.
The event recognized Saginaw County development projects that were assisted by Saginaw Future.
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Covenant HealthCare announces $40 million expansion for new rehabilitation center

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SAGINAW, MI — Officials with Covenant HealthCare and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation have announced plans to build a $40.7 million rehabilitation center located at Covenant HealthCare’s main campus in Saginaw.

The new building will include 48 inpatient beds with space for 132 beds and a state-of-the-art outpatient therapy facility, according to a Covenant HealthCare and Mary Free Bed press release.
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I was born in that hospital (actually the old Saginaw General) back before it was Covenant. Last time I was in there a couple years back it seemed a little rough around the edges. Glad it's getting some attention.
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Uptown Bay City phase 2 moving forward after site plan approval

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BAY CITY, MI – Preliminary construction work could begin as early as this summer on the next phase of the Uptown Bay City development after a site plan was approved. The long-term plan calls for more than 500 new residential housing units.

The Bay City Planning Commission approved the site plan provided by Shaheen Development at a Wednesday, March 20 meeting. The plan includes 19 acres of new residential, commercial and mixed-use buildings — or roughly 200,000 square feet in total.


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I hate to be a naysayer because I really like Bay City, but that's all the more reason why this stuff is sort of tough on the palate. I was in Bay City just this past summer and the building stock there is nothing short of amazing, especially for such a small city. Unfortunately, at least a quarter of it looked vacant, which begs the question - why is anyone doing new construction when there are so many awesome historic rehab opportunities? Could be that I don't have a good handle on the market or the space available, but this kitschy stuff amidst a sea of parking is just sort of depressing.
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I hate to be a naysayer because I really like Bay City, but that's all the more reason why this stuff is sort of tough on the palate. I was in Bay City just this past summer and the building stock there is nothing short of amazing, especially for such a small city. Unfortunately, at least a quarter of it looked vacant, which begs the question - why is anyone doing new construction when there are so many awesome historic rehab opportunities? Could be that I don't have a good handle on the market or the space available, but this kitschy stuff amidst a sea of parking is just sort of depressing.
It is weird / interesting how such a small city is developing this 'new town' / 'old town' dichotomy. I guess I agree, it would be nice to see some of this new density in the traditional downtown, sans surface lots. But this new development district might ultimately still help support the historic one.
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Hausbeck Pickle Co. announces $6 million expansion, new jobs in Saginaw

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SAGINAW, MI — Hausbeck Pickle Co., which has processed pickles and peppers in Saginaw for nearly a century, is growing.

The company, which processes 40 million pounds of cucumbers, 18 million pounds of banana peppers and 14 million pounds of jalapenos annually, is expanding its footprint and its workforce.

Construction of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse addition is expected to begin in late-May and wrap up by January. The project will allow Hausbeck to discontinue leasing warehouse space and is a more than $6 million investment, according to Vice President Joe Hausbeck. Spence Brothers Inc. is the general contractor.
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Construction of a new Midland campus for Delta College begins

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MIDLAND, MI — Construction is underway on a $13 million Delta College satellite campus in Midland that is largely being funded by donors.

The new Delta College Midland Center, 419 E. Ellsworth, will replace the aging satellite location on Wheeler Road.

Almost 200 people attended the groundbreaking on Monday, April 23 in downtown Midland, according to Leanne Govitz, director of marketing for the college.

“It was a great event,” Govitz said.

The 30,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open in fall of 2020.
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Saginaw DDA's Facebook page posted about this little rehab project the other day:

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Pastor Jim Shafley once described Saginaw as "a city fighting to make a comeback." He has been a huge influence on the slow and steady revitalization and is continuing his efforts with a new project. Renovating the historic former gas station on Washington and Atwater in an ice cream shop.
So excited to see this project unfold this summer.
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Ski and snowboard shop opening at The Stable in Old Town Saginaw

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SAGINAW, MI — The Stable Outdoor Outfitters in Old Town Saginaw is reopening this weekend, about a month after officials with Flint-based Shumaker’s Ski & Snowboard announced their plans to reopen it.

The Stable, located at 300 S. Hamilton St., closed in the spring after 47 years of offering ski equipment, bicycles and other outdoor gear. The owner, Denny Whalen, was retiring. Now, Shumaker’s, in business since 1947, is bringing it back.

The snow sports outfitter, located at 2342 S. Ballenger Highway in Flint, announced its plans in a Facebook post on Oct. 17. In the comment thread, the company added, "We are really glad to be part of the community“ and "we will work very hard to preserve the tradition and legacy.”

Vice President Tony Shumaker told MLive in October that the company had been looking to expand into the Saginaw market when Whalen reached out to them to discuss a possible deal.
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Wow, I had no idea it closed. I grew up in Saginaw and that place was like an institution.
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The place is so mysterious too. There’s a hidden staircase on the 2nd floor on the northside of the building.
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Really nice photo of the Delta Saginaw building on WTA's website

https://www.wtaarch.com
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Really nice photo of the Delta Saginaw building on WTA's website

https://www.wtaarch.com
I really hope this spurs more development downtown, even if its just a few restaurants. The area has so much potential but nothing really going on.
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