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 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 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.