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

Check out downtown Albion’s new brick street and new displays of local artists showcased in many front windows. Also, be on the lookout for more stores “popping up” like the Green Scene next door to Stirling Books & Brew, open from November 15th through the holiday season.

Downtown Albion has a new look with the 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.

Albion Momentum

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.

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.