New Bricks and Aerial View of New Hotel, Nov. 6, 2017

Downtown Albion is looking fresh with new brick streets and a new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel  that is taking shape.  Here we can see the bike lanes, the wider sidewalks, and Kids ‘N’ Stuff.  In the distance we see Cascarelli’s, the water tower, Ludington Center, the Coca Cola mural, and the Bohm Theatre.

Festival of the Forks 2017

This year the Festival was not on the brick Superior Street, but in true Albion style we adapted to the situation and made it work.  These aerial photos show a different perspective of where most of the activities were.

Rebricking for Festival?

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.

Superior Street Albion MI – short clip – curb appeal July 21, 2017

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.

Albion’s Farmer’s Market Aerial View 2017

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.

Superior Street Progress May 3, 2017

Downtown Albion is continuing major renovations with the rebricking of Superior Street. There have been some setbacks, such as hitting of water mains, and a delay of Stirling Books opening.
The progress continues nevertheless.
Come downtown for food, (use the back doors), Music, Movies and More.
Live Music by River Jazz Band on Wednesdays May 3, 17 and 31 at Cascarelli’s. See the calendar for more.
Get a cup of tea, or another beverage, and sit back to watch this exciting 8-minute video below of the workers at work on the street.  Video credit to Kent Davis.

Superior Street Albion Michigan April 2017


First click the arrow above, and then, for the best effect, please click the lower right symbol on the video panel to make the video full screen. Wait a few seconds for the tour to begin.
This video was captured on Sunday, April 23, 2017 by aerial videographer Kent Davis. Superior Street in Albion Michigan had been rebricked last in 1993, and due to heavy traffic, was in serious need of repair.

Other activities in downtown during this time period include a new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel being built right in the center of town. The Bohm Theatre has been recently renovated as a destination movie palace and next door Bohm II has been created and opened. At the corner of Cass St. and Superior St., the Ludington Center opened in January 2017 as a meeting place for Albion College and community events, as well as Michigan Works! and AmeriCorps VISTA office space.

Further toward the end of this video, a building on the corner of Superior Street and Erie Street (on the right) will be restored as the Peabody Project, an office and apartment multi-use structure. Also, toward the end, across from Homestead Savings Bank, is the future home of the Malleable Brewing Company. Many of these projects are posted elsewhere on this site, and more posts are coming.

Calm before another storm

This lovely moment in time in Albion Michigan was short lived.  The day after this photo was taken, the brick street was torn up, the trees chopped down.  We’ll have photos of that soon.  Never fear, it is all part of the master plan.  Albion is being rebuilt, and we will track along with some commentary and new information along the way.  We’ll be posting a new General Guide soon also, that will be a little different too.  Thank you for stopping by.