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Transformative Projects 2017-07-05T09:16:39+00:00

 Transformative Projects

2017-06-01T08:52:38+00:00

Fare Games

Fare Games was a project of the Kalamazoo County Land Bank, organized to create community engagement in the revitalization of 1301 Portage Street – a historic but blighted building in Washington Square. The concept was to bring together a group of local food entrepreneurs to compete for the opportunity to launch their business in the newly renovated space, with the support of a prize package of goods and services that would help them start up their new restaurant. Over the course of 2016, six competitors refined their business plans and participated in a community tasting of “small bites.” The [...]

2017-06-01T08:56:09+00:00

Washington Square

Washington Square In its heyday in the 1940s and ‘50s, Washington Square was a vibrant streetscape with a wide variety of local stores — a bank, pharmacy, ice cream parlour, theater, and grocery, among others, made the block a hive of activity. The Kalamazoo Public Library established a branch in Washington Square in 1919 which remains to the present day, and streetcars crisscrossed Portage Street as early as the 1880s. Located in the heart of the Edison neighborhood, Kalamazoo’s largest neighborhood, Washington Square underwent several decades of economic decline as local businesses couldn’t compete with national chains in [...]

2017-05-26T15:20:51+00:00

Riverview Launch

Riverview Launch is a community space, designed to highlight the impact of transforming blighted spaces, the beauty of sustainable design, and the power of community engagement. It offers an opportunity for community partners to provide programs and services that promote healthy lifestyles, and creates a hub of activity for people from around Kalamazoo to meet, work, and play. The old Riverside Greenhouse, a family-owned business since 1915, was forced to close and left behind buildings that needed TLC and a new purpose. The property comprises approximately six acres fronting the Kalamazoo River, which housed a vacant and tax foreclosed blighted [...]

2017-06-30T14:00:44+00:00

Marketplace

The Marketplace The Marketplace development began as parcels of vacant land on 7 acres located in the Edison neighborhood across the street from the Kalamazoo Farmers Market. The Edison neighborhood was one of the City’s hardest hit areas in terms of blight, vacancies, crime and lack of redevelopment. But the market was a thriving and stable source of pride for the area, and draws hundreds of people every year to explore a corner of the Edison neighborhood, near downtown Kalamazoo. There is also a nearby City park and pool, and the site is close to Bronson Hospital. The privately-owned [...]

2017-07-13T16:13:58+00:00

Prairie Gardens

Prairie Gardens The site of the Prairie Gardens senior cottages development is one of the highest points in the city of Kalamazoo, sitting on a hill in Kalamazoo's Fairmount neighborhood. When the Land Bank became involved in the property, it was the former Southwestern Michigan Tuberculosis Sanitarium and Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital complex, which was built in the 1950s and shut down in 1990. It sat vacant, vandalized, and a target for criminal activity until 2011. Through a partnership between Western Michigan University, the City of Kalamazoo, and the Kalamazoo County Land Bank, and funding from the NSP program, we were [...]