CADILLAC — A lot has been going on in the Cadillac area during the last few years.
A number of major municipal and commercial projects have been finished, including the Plaza at Cadillac Commons, Hobby Lobby, and Domino’s, to name a few.
Still other projects are in the process of being completed.
The following is a list of some of those projects, as well as an update how they are coming along.
Mitchell Corp. building
The former Mitchell Corp. site is located off of Wright Street, about one mile west of downtown, and was destroyed by fire nearly four years ago.
The city of Cadillac Brownfield Redevelopment Authority has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to help with the future redevelopment of the site.
Additionally, a lien valued over $350,000 has been released by the MDEQ on the property to aid in its redevelopment.
Cadillac City Manager Marcus Peccia said discussions have continued on bringing an interested developer to the site. He said there are several potential projects in the works for the site but they are still working through the necessary steps to get one off the ground.
He said more news on this development could be revealed in the spring.
Old Better Bodies
After assessing the condition of the former Better Bodies Health and Fitness building on Mitchell Street, downstate developer Robb Munger decided demolishing the entire structure probably won’t be necessary.
In 2017, Munger purchased the building at 412 S. Mitchell St., which was condemned by Cadillac Fire Marshal Anthony Wolff in 2016 and has sat vacant ever since.
Initially, Munger said he planned to demolish the entire structure and replace it with a new building.
An inspection of the building revealed that only about one-third of the structure has to be removed, Munger said, with the remaining portion still salvageable.
Dunbar Excavating has been awarded the contract for the demolition and site restoration, which will commence in April.
Although he doesn’t have a tenant in mind yet for the structure once it is complete, Munger said he’ll be marketing the location soon.
The farmers market is one of four projects that comprise the Cadillac Commons, which includes the newly renovated Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion, Plaza area to the west of Elk Avenue and extension of White Pine Trail into downtown.
Project engineer Connie Houk, with Prein and Newhof, said since Thanksgiving, crews have been installing the foundational footings for the structure.
Peccia said materials for the roof of the farmers market have been delivered to Cadillac Fabrication for painting and assembly.
He said the tentative plan is to have all the materials delivered to the site by the end of March.
The market will be assembled piece by piece, which Peccia described as essentially “plug and play.‘
He added that he doesn’t think the structure will be completed until summer.
Residential complex at old Oleson’s site
Plans are in the works for a four-story apartment complex at the corner of Mitchell and Cass streets.
Last December, Robb Munger signed a letter of intent with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to build the 42- to 50-unit complex on the same block as G and D Party Store and the old Oleson’s Grocery Store.
In preparation for eventual construction, crews from Shepler Well Drilling, based out of Manton, were on-site recently testing the soil.
Munger estimated the cost of building the complex to be around $7 million, which will be funded through bank loans, money on hand and potentially with an MEDC grant.
At this time, Munger said he is negotiating an equity agreement with the MEDC.
Dan Leonard, community assistance specialist with the MEDC, said he believes they are making progress in negotiations with Munger, although he wasn’t prepared to estimate when a deal may be struck.
Munger said he wasn’t sure when the structure would be complete and ready for occupants but added that projects of this scope typically take about a year to complete.
Progress on the 142-acre mixed use development Cadillac Junction has been halted at this time until ongoing legal battles are resolved.
In January, 28th Circuit Court Judge William Fagerman ruled against a motion of summary disposition requested by township legal counsel Ronald Redick and added that further “discovery‘ is appropriate as to the legitimacy of the township’s conditional land transfer.
The transfer, also known as a 425 agreement, was intended to move the 142-acre Cadillac Junction property from Clam Lake to Haring Township’s jurisdiction with the understanding that the two municipalities would share tax revenues from the development.
The city and Cadillac Junction developers TeriDee LLC have argued both 425 agreements were created to stifle economic growth and the State Boundary Commission agreed, thereby allowing the property to be annexed into the city of Cadillac.
Fagerman delayed ruling on the matter until all parties could present further evidence supporting their arguments.
Starbucks confirmed to the Cadillac News that the company is planning to open a drive-thru location on Cadillac’s north end.
If you’ve noticed the construction work on Boon Road in Haring Township in the Lakeland Square shopping center between McDonald’s and Art Van, you’ve seen the future site of the drive-thru location.
The address is 2112 N. Mitchell St., but the store will be physically closer to Boon Road.
That construction project also includes a retail space, though Haring Township Zoning Administrator Mike Green said on Friday he wasn’t sure who would be occupying that space.
The store isn’t expected to open until spring.
Cobbs Mitchell building
The Cobbs and Mitchell building was constructed in 1907 and housed many lumbering interests until 1939. Starting that year, the Michigan State Highway Department, now the Michigan Department of Transportation, occupied the building, vacating in May 2008.
Earlier this year, Munger acquired the building with the intention of cleaning it up and opening a Starbucks and office space for various businesses.
He estimates they are about 50 percent complete with all the renovations they need to do.
Crews currently are installing new drywall and painting the interior.
They also are constructing an elevator for handicap employees of future tenants.
So far, Munger said they’ve power washed and painted the building’s exterior; as well as completed most the demolition work.
They still need to install new plumbing fixtures and replace all the windows in the building.
In April, engineering firm Prein and Newhof, along with financial advisors Edward D. Jones, will move into the structure as their new place of business.
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