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.
Issue XXVI of the General Guide is sponsored by Albion College, which is continuing to invest in the community of Albion. Some exciting markers of momentum from Albion College and it’s alumni include:
- The renovation of 101 N. Superior Street into the Ludington Center
- New Courtyard by Marriott Hotel nearing completion across from the Bohm Theatre
- Peabody Project – renovating the corner of Superior and Erie St., the Peabody will include two commercial spaces and four apartments
- Revitalization of the Cass St. corridor between the college and downtown, made possible with the Harrington Project
- Albion Malleable Brewing Company, at 420 S. Superior St. will start off with a small kitchen, selling the beers it brews; but they are already looking towards a future wine license to make ciders (Source: https://www.albionpleiad.com/2016/09/albions-first-microbrewery-on-its-way/)
Be on the lookout for more stores “popping up” downtown, like the Green Scene next door to Stirling Books & Brew, which opened on November 15 and will be there until after the holidays.
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.”
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.
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.
The sponsor of the Local Food Edition – May and June, has been Albion Farmers’ Market and Albion Food Hub in recent years.
From the Albion Community Foundation website on this link:
“The Food Hub is designed to be a multi-purpose center with an emphasis on generating food-related businesses from the shared-use kitchen,” says Florence. “We’ll serve as an initial home base where small businesses can develop. Additionally, fresh local foods will be sold in the Fresh Food Market year- round, including produce, fruits, dairy, processed meat, honey, jam, vinegars, maple syrup, and hopefully, many other items.”
According to Peggy Sindt, the AEDC’s President, “Supporting food entrepreneurs is a natural extension of the Albion Economic Development Corporation’s long-standing business incubator, which has helped start several manufacturing businesses and supported a technology company. I am excited to think that our commercial kitchen will be the setting for producing great local food products for all of us to purchase and enjoy! Undertaking this initiative in partnership with the Albion Community Foundation and other local groups will be a win-win for Albion.”
“Another program component,” says Florence, “will be space for a ‘winter farmers’ market,’ or at least a fresh food exchange market during the cold months. We have garage space in the rear of the building which can be heated on market days so that buyers can have access to fresh, healthy, food directly from the farmer.” The market will be able to accept SNAP benefits, Project Fresh coupons, and Michigan Double-Up Food Bucks.”
Above, Chef Joe of the Albion Malleable Brewery has been busy testing recipes in the commercial kitchen of the Albion Food Hub.
Albion Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturdays year round. In the warmer months, the market takes place at Stoffer Plaza. In the cooler months, there is an indoor Farmers’ Market inside the Albion Food Hub. Visit the Albion Farmers’ Market on Facebook by clicking here.
The Albion Food Hub and Albion Farmers’ Market sponsored the Local Food Edition General Guides in 2016 and 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.
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.