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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Albion Michigan has a few new things happening lately. A quote from the lively group on the NextDoor Albion site: “..we are so pleased with the large steps forward that we are seeing, a new hotel, a craft beer business, the Bohm II expansion, the Ludington Center, the new Dialysis center, the renovation of the Lautenslager building, the expansion of industrial businesses in the area. We are so blessed and need to support each other and work together. Let’s all strive to get along and make Albion the best it can be!”