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Restaurants, breweries looking to fill Old Fenton Fire Hall

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The Old Fenton Fire Hall may soon have a new tenant.

Michael Burns, executive director of the City of Fenton Downtown Development Authority, announced that the DDA has received letters of interest from four parties wishing to be considered for redevelopment of the Old Fire Hall, located in downtown Fenton.

The deadline for submissions was Monday.

The firms submitting letters include:

  • The owners of the Arbor Brewing Company and Corner Brewing Company (Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti).
  • The owners of the Clarkston Union and the Union Woodshop (Clarkston).
  • The owners of Lockhart BBQ (Royal Oak), Royal Oak Brewery and Detroit Beer Company.
  • The owners of Tavern 131 (Milford) and Ciao Amici (Brighton).

 "I am extremely excited that within the past three weeks, we have gathered interest from some of the finest restaurant operators in Michigan interested in developing the Old Fire Hall," said DDA chairman Craig Schmidt. "Some of these firms have experience with projects that have been major redevelopment catalysts for the communities they serve."

On Thursday, a selection committee consisting of three members of the DDA will meet to review the proposals and select candidates to interview. That committee will then conduct interviews on Tuesday.

A financial analysis of the final candidates will be conducted. Officials say that may take up to 30 days to complete. A recommendation from the committee will then be made to the full DDA board for approval.

"I have had the opportunity to meet with all of the prospects. The most interesting part about this process is that we did not have to approach any of them. They all approached us," said DDA Executive Director Michael Burns.

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