This issue of the General Guide is sponsored by Albion College, which is continuing to invest in the community of Albion. The college and its alumni have renovated a downtown building into the Ludington Center, a new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel is nearing completion in downtown Albion thanks to an Albion College alum who is a developer and a doctor, two college alumni who happen to be married to each other are tackling a downtown office redevelopment they call the Peabody Project, and another alum has made possible the revitalization of the Cass St. corridor between the college and downtown. Yet another college alum (a biology major!) is getting ready to open a micro brewery…
This is how the Superior Street renovation looked in the third week of August 2017. The bricks were not yet up to the Bohm Theatre and Cascarelli’s. It was a long summer for merchants, but the excitement is building for the new look for Albion downtown in the Fall of 2017. The question on many people’s minds is – will the bricks be done enough to have the Festival of the Forks (3rd weekend of September) on Superior Street – or will the Festival need to be more towards Stoffer Plaza or Rieger Park?? We did hear there might be a Cruise in on the bricks at least, the Friday of the Festival on September 15. This is not the official news! We also heard that it is hoped the bricks will be done for the Festival, and the new micro brewery will be open but no beer there.
The Albion River Trail is being extended to go to the Nancy Held Equestrian Center.
Here is some information from Albion EDC:
“Trail Town Designation The City of Albion has been recognized by the Michigan Department of Resources (DNR) as the “hub” for Michigan trails. Two national walking and biking trails – the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) and the Great Lake‐to‐Lake Trail – along with Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail converge at Albion’s historic Victory Park, one of Albion’s 17 scenic parks. In addition, Albion was awarded a $294,000 Trust Fund Grant from the DNR to expand the Albion River Trail. The trail will extend past the newly‐renovated Albion College Equestrian Center. The City recognizes the importance of the community’s trails as an asset and seeks to be designated as a Trail Town. Trails would have signage posted that would allow for promoting and identifying the amenities and attractions that would be of interest to trail users at access points.”
Albion Labor Day River Trail Walk
The traditional Albion Labor Day River Trail Walk is sponsored by the Albion Health Care Alliance. Everyone is invited. Here is the official event page: albionhca.org/events.html
We are now including more options added for limited mobility and limited time walks. At 10 a.m. on Labor Day (September 4, 2017) please meet for a group photo by the Victory for Kids playground in Victory Park. After that we will do the Labor Day Bridge Walk over the Albion foot bridge. From there, some people had a car waiting on the other side of the bridge, others continued the walk on the Albion River Trail to Harris Field. (1.5 miles) Most people opt to walk back for the full walk of 3 miles.
Others had dropped off cars previously at Harris Field and carpooled back. In this way more people decided to customize the walk to their own schedule. Fresh cold bottled water was supplied at the 2016 walk by Culligan Water in Albion. It was a refreshing day, all around.
See the 2017 event on Facebook and invite your friends!
The wonderful brick streets of Albion Michigan are beautiful from the ground, and more so from the sky. But the upkeep of these brick streets is difficult when the work needs to be done. The summer of 2017 was one of those years.
Short clip – The new shape of Superior Street Albion Michigan begins to appear with more room for bicycle paths through town. The rebricking process involved installing new water mains, and major digging. Meanwhile, the brick facade of the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel is moving along. Work on Superior Street is expected to be complete for Albion College Homecoming in October 2017 if not sooner, possibly in September.
General Guide XXV is sponsored by Parks Drug Store in Albion and several other co-sponsors.
This issue features parks and landmarks in Albion, Marshall and Calhoun County. We are still posting images as of late July and will continue to do so throughout August.
French Market 2017
Take an aerial tour of Albion’s Stoffer Plaza by clicking on each photo to see it larger and to read the stories about each photo.
See the ground level photos of Albion’s French Market on this same day by clicking here.
Albion’s French Market is a relatively new event. The 6th annual Albion French Market took place on Saturday June 10, 2017 at Stoffer Plaza. Dozens of vendors were there, as well as many of the usual Farmer’s Market Vendors. In recent years the French Market has become a place for musicians, artists, and chefs to share their arts.
Superior Street Albion Michigan has the longest stretch of continuously bricked street in the state of Michigan. There is a lot of work involved with the upkeep of the streets, particularly because the street is a thoroughfare.