Bay City looks to preserve historical downtown buildings - WNEM TV 5

Bay City looks to preserve historical downtown buildings

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

As developers look to update two long-standing properties in Mid-Michigan, efforts are underway to help preserve the history behind them.

Work began to remove the metal facade on the Crapo building in downtown Bay City earlier this month. It was done to expose the original design underneath.

On Aug. 29 construction crews started removing the stucco-plywood facade from another downtown building. That building is on Saginaw Street across from Old City Hall and next to the Fusion One Cafe.

The removal exposed a new look, but the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority said it uncovers much more.

"Without a doubt, the history of the space, the imagination of what the people did originally to create our downtown is exposed as we make out new stories with the beauty of the buildings back again with us. It's just very neat to be connected," Candace Bales said.

She also said the more historic downtown connects better with Millennials and their love with downtown living.

The developers hope to find businesses and tenants to work and live in the revitalized buildings.

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