Work to begin on nature area in downtown Saginaw - WNEM TV 5

Work to begin on nature area in downtown Saginaw

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A weed-strewn, dilapidated old parking lot is about to be transformed.

It's located along Genesee Avenue and Niagara Street in Saginaw.

There are plans in place to rip out the concrete and light posts and restore the area back to its original form.

"Once we get all the work done there will be a section of river trail that will go through the site and there will be a series of native plantings that will landscape the site," said Trevor Edmonds, with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy.

The 2.5 acre area will be a little piece of nature downtown next to the river.

"We don't want this just to be a piece of land that no one visits. We want people to visit. It's actually going to have a great view of the Saginaw Farmer's Market. So there's going to be more people there. That's what it's all about. We want to pull up this old concrete and put down a very nice nature area," said Wayne Hoffman, with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy.

Coordinators of the $125,000 project are waiting for permits from the state Department of Environmental Quality because the land is in a flood plain. The work should begin later this fall to dig up the concrete.

The project is scheduled to be completed next spring.

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