New development coming to downtown Grayling

New development coming to downtown Grayling

GRAYLING, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Grayling could see a big development coming their way after a significant Brownfield Grant was given to the city.

The grant is for the site of the former Sawmill Tavern and the building where the Avalanche Newspaper office is currently located along Michigan avenue in downtown Grayling.

“Very exciting for our community," said Grayling Main Street Program Director Rae Gosling. "We’ve been looking forward to having a large development."

The $4.1 million project will bring in both commercial space and apartments, which the city hopes will build up a part of downtown that has been lacking.

“It’ll just bring more people downtown," said Zoning and Economic Development Administrator Erich Podjaske. "It’ll make it more of a walkable community, it will help with the nightlife hopefully.”

The local developers plan to have about 10,000 square feet of street level business space with 3 floors of apartments. Gosling says the apartments will be for workforce housing at market rate.

“With building industry and building economy in a small community, you’ve got to have a place to house your workforce," Gosling said. "That’s really what this housing project is going to be about.”

Businesses like Paddle Hard Brewing, which has a location right down the street, hope the project will benefit their business and the rest of downtown Grayling.

“Hopefully it will spur and be a positive impact in bringing downtown housing which will flood into the local businesses in our downtown district,” said Paddle Hard Brewing owner Dave Vargo.

The grant is for $454,000 and Podjaske says the project would’ve been a challenge without that help. Podjaske also says they hope to tear down the existing building this summer, with construction starting in the spring of 2019.

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