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Bay City's Uptown project to increase restaurant sales

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Some Mid-Michigan eateries are excited about a new development that's taking shape quickly. 

It seems a tenant at the Uptown at Rivers Edge has made a decision that should boost restaurants in Bay City.  

As crews rush to complete Uptown at Rivers Edge along the Saginaw River in Bay City, one company prepares to move workers into the development. Dow Corning will have about 300 employees stationed there and the company made a decision that could benefit local businesses.

"We've been told that they did not build a cafeteria within their building purposely, to help encourage them to go forth and enjoy Bay City," said Candace Bales, executive director of Bay City's Downtown Development Authority.

The owner of Morning at Maggie's Omelette Shoppe in downtown Bay City is excited over that possible infusion of business. He may even stay open past 2 p.m. 

"Oh absolutely. Yeah, if demand requires it we'll extend our hours, absolutely," Rod Nimtz said.

He's confident all the restaurants in the area will share the wealth.

"There's plenty of services downtown to go around," Nimtz said.

Residents who are interested in living inside that big project have seven floor plans to choose from.

They can live in a penthouse on the top floor for $395,000. Or if their budget is lower than that, the least expansive condo goes for $142,000. Those new residents should also provide a boost to local restaurants, even when residents don't want to leave their homes for a bite to eat.

"We also have a big delivery network for our employees downtown it has been in place for years. Give us a rainy day or even snow or a nice day, you pick up the phone and they'll come right to your door," Bales said.

The doors of the Uptown at River's Edge project are projected to begin opening in August. 

 Chemical Bank and the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel will also call the development home.

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