Update on Michigan Avenue road project

By Saline Eagle Media

“The makeover of Michigan Avenue is going to affect all Saline area businesses.” This major thoroughfare will be partially closed and may deter many from making the trek into the Downtown or even to some of the nearby shopping centers. Currently on the East side, we have one full shopping center (The Oaks), one mostly full shopping center (Saline Shopping Center aka Busch’s), one partially full shopping center (ACO) and one almost completely empty shopping center (Common at Sauk Trail aka Country Market). On the West side, the Parkland Shopping center is partially empty. The Downtown area has lost two businesses over the last month with the closing of Main Street Collectibles & Coins and Reincarnations Resale Shop. The Drowsy Parrot and the building next to the former Saline Reporter are still vacant as is the former Harold’s Barber Shop. The Saline Reporter building has just been purchased by a group who will put in a Wellness Center, scheduled to open in November of this year.
Retail is a tough business and stores like Cobblestone Rose and Pineapple House will all need continued support. Restaurants are even tougher and will face the same access difficulties going forward. I encourage everyone to have an attitude that we are here to keep our business community intact. What would Saturday morning be without Benny’s hot pretzels or a burger at Dan’s or a pizza from Mangiamo or a Turkey Rueben from Brecon Grille? Happy hour at Mac’s with the free mussels is a real treat.
The Ypsilanti Area Convention & Visitors Bureau provided a $10,000.00 grant in 2014 and again in 2015 to enhance tourism in Saline. The funds have been used to build the new “visitsaline.com” web site. The site is geared to visitors and residents alike, letting them know about all of the events, activities and attractions in Saline. A portion of the funds will also be used for light pole banners to promote the new logo and tag line “A taste of the good life, Lightly Salted”.
For more information and update, go to www.salinechamber.org and watch the city website—www.cityofsaline.org—for information on 2016 Michigan Avenue Road Construction Project.

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