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Bizon-supported downtown Middleville development gets state support

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Bizon, M.D. on Tuesday said he is pleased to see a downtown Middleville building project he advocated for in Lansing receive final approval from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Middleville Main LLC plans to construct a new three-story, mixed-use building on vacant village-owned property in the heart of downtown Middleville. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $990,000 Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based direct loan in support of the project.

“This land has remained vacant since 1981, when the hotel that occupied the property burned down. It is exciting to see Middleville Main investing in the community with this development,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “Continued development is critical for revitalization, and I support the MSF enabling these projects.”

When completed, the development will include commercial space on the first floor and 11 residential apartments on the second and third floors. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $2.8 million and create 10 full-time equivalent jobs, and it will serve to bring to life a long-vacant piece of property, fill in the commercial corridor, and transform the village’s main street.

In addition, the development will provide much-needed workforce housing to Middleville, particularly to employees of the major employer, Bradford White.

The village of Middleville is contributing $20,000 from the Middleville Downtown Development Authority Façade Program and a $29,205 Commercial Redevelopment tax abatement. The village is certified with Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Redevelopment Ready Communities program, and city officials identified the location for this project through the RRC process.

The developer was brought to the project through MEDC’s Redevelopment Services Team developer’s showcase, and the project was awarded a $100,000 Architectural and Engineering grant from MEDC.