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$12M renovation planned for Michigan guitar factory

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KALAMAZOO, MI (AP) -

A $12 million renovation planned for a historic guitar factory in Kalamazoo will include a beer garden, a bar or restaurant and observation areas.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that a commercial real estate agency wants to develop the 5-acre site that's home to Heritage Guitar Inc. in a mixed-use fashion. The agency plans to renovate 147,000 square feet of the building's 167,000 square feet and demolish the remaining 20,000 square feet.

The building will feature upgraded and expanded manufacturing space for Heritage, as well as current and future tenants. It also could feature an intimate performance space.

Gibson Guitar Corp. opened in the building in 1917. Heritage has been operating in the space since Gibson moved its operations to Tennessee in 1984.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 

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