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MEDC announces support for renovation of historic depot in downtown Kalamazoo

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Kathy Achtenberg

LANSING, Mich. – The historic depot in downtown Kalamazoo will undergo renovation and receive an addition with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of nearly $3.6 million and create up to 20 jobs.

“The restoration of this historic structure will bring new vitality to downtown Kalamazoo, create jobs for local residents and serve as a catalyst for additional economic growth in the area,” said MEDC Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood. “We’re pleased to support the efforts of the community in making this project a reality.”

GTW Depot, LLC(an entity of PlazaCorp Realty Advisors) plans to historically renovate the vacant depot building located at 427 E. Michigan Ave. in the entertainment district of downtown Kalamazoo. The depot, built in the 1920s, was originally constructed for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad and has also served as the home of a used furniture store, a guitar shop and other businesses. The completed project will consist of restaurant and office space, with HopCat craft beer bar and restaurant and Maru Sushi and Grill confirmed as future tenants. The project will include restoration of the historic exterior and interior of the building, along with the addition of new porch space. The project will generate a total capital investment of nearly $3.6 million and an anticipated creation of 20 jobs, resulting in a $484,435 Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant.

MSF also approved local and school tax capture in the amount of $145,050 for the City of Kalamazoo Brownfield Redevelopment Authority for alleviation of brownfield conditions including asbestos removal, demolition, and site preparation.

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