Downtown Saginaw marketplace to open in June - WNEM TV 5

Downtown Saginaw marketplace to open in June

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

It’s a project that was four years and millions of dollars in the making.

The SVRC Marketplace is the new home of the Saginaw Farmer’s Market and growing into so much more. It opens in downtown Saginaw in June.

“Basically, anything and everything a small business would need to get going. That’s available for these businesses right here in our space,” said Audra Davis, SVRC Marketplace manager.

Work for the Saginaw Valley Rehab Center Marketplace began in 2014. After four years, the facility will be up and running by the end of June.

>>View photos of the marketplace<<

The immaculate 100,000 square-foot marketplace will be filled with a mix of vendors and small businesses.

Davis said the facility is exactly the change Saginaw deserves.

“We really worked hard at providing the community with a shopping experience that focused on a wide array of variety with teas and soaps and balms and essential oils and all kinds of amazing herbs and spices. We’ll have a little yarn shop coming in to do business. We’ll have a lot of various eateries. We’ll have a wine bar and tap room,” Davis said.

The project required a $22 million renovation of the old Saginaw News building.

Davis said it’s an investment into the regrowth of the riverfront in Saginaw and every penny was planned, even down to the tax benefits.

“We gave those to the tenants for build out in sinks and incubator kitchen equipment. And helping to build out small businesses that wouldn’t necessarily have that support in the community,” Davis said.

Davis said the Saginaw community is what it’s all about.

“We believe that this is part of that forward movement and resurgence into the community and what we’re really looking for is that celebration of community and integration,” Davis said.

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