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Adrian moves forward with revival, one building at a time

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Leaders say this building is next in redevelopment plans, after it sat vacant for years and even started deteriorating. Leaders say this building is next in redevelopment plans, after it sat vacant for years and even started deteriorating.
Another place leaders are bringing new life is a vacant lot on North Main and Front, where a gas station was demolished last year. Another place leaders are bringing new life is a vacant lot on North Main and Front, where a gas station was demolished last year.
ADRIAN, MI (Toledo News Now) -

The city of Adrian is getting a facelift and as plans move forward, many wonder what will happen next.

City leaders say a vacant building that sits on the edge of downtown isn't giving off the right impression.

"This corner is so busy, but it gave everybody the wrong idea of what our central business district looked like," said Mayor Jim Berryman.

Lots of work and redevelopment have gone into making downtown Adrian seem more attractive. Leaders say the building with Jean Christopher Portraits is next, after it sat vacant for years and even started deteriorating.

"We had problems of bricks falling down and falling on the sidewalk, so we had to fence it off," explained Berryman.

Now, those fences are down and new paneling protecting the building is up, as crews give the building an overhaul. Adrian leaders say it's the first step in bringing new life to the corner.

"It's really important that we get this done. So hopefully in 2014 we can get the renovation going on this," said Chris Miller, director of Downtown Adrian Development Authority.

The renovation will lead to high-end apartments on the upper level and a commercial tenant on the first level. Miller believes finding the right tenant shouldn't be hard "noting the prominence of the corner, the high traffic counts, the great parking spots in front and back."

While it may just seem like one building, the mayor says it's all part of a bigger plan.

"This is one small step in moving forward to making this a more inviting place to come," said Berryman.

Another place leaders are bringing new life is a vacant lot on North Main and Front, where a gas station had to be demolished last year. Months later, land is finally being prepared for something new.

Although there's nothing there now, things could soon change. Back in October, the vacant Amoco gas station that used to sit there was demolished and fresh soil was put in the ground underneath.

Since then, city leaders have been working with developers to come up with the best way to use the land. They say there's a lot of interest in building a new restaurant and have narrowed it down to two potential investors.

"Whenever we do something like this, a highly visible corner looks better as a result of some kind of project or renovation. We always hear from the community about how terrific it is and how excited they are to see something new happening downtown," said Miller.

According to Miller, the two proposals will be reviewed at next week's county land bank meeting. Construction on the project they choose could start later this year.

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