The City of Kalamazoo’s Economic Development Department will host a public meeting to discuss ideas for the redevelopment of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority-owned property at 116 West Cedar Street in downtown Kalamazoo. The meeting will be held in the Van Deusen Room of the downtown branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8.
The structure at 116 West Cedar was built in 1957 as the City of Kalamazoo Fire Station No. 1. It has also been used as the Fire Marshall’s Office and the Kalamazoo Public Safety Training Facility. After the building was decommissioned, ownership was transferred to the City of Kalamazoo Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and it has been used for storage since 2008.
The approximately 0.76-acre property contains the 14,803-square-foot building, parking and landscaped areas. It is located in a commercial business district in downtown Kalamazoo.
“We want to hear what the community wants,” said Sara Jo Shipley, Redevelopment Project Manager for the City of Kalamazoo. “How can we be creative and take advantage of this building? What type of development would succeed here? What would add to the downtown experience for our city’s residents and visitors?”
The open house-style meeting will focus on building design, streetscape, potential uses, sustainable features, pedestrian facilities, and public art. Community members are encouraged to share ideas and are welcome to “drop-in” at any time during the open house.
The property was added to the City’s Brownfield Plan in 2004 to create development incentives once the property is made available for private acquisition. Economic Development staff will convey the types of uses and design features requested by our community to potential developers in a request for proposals for the property.