Merchants Crossing is a collection of vacant commercial buildings and parcels in the River’s Edge District. The site is just a 5 minute walking distance from downtown and is situated on the banks of the Kalamazoo River. Originally home to the Merchants Publishing business, the site has housed numerous businesses over the years, before falling into disrepair, vacancy, and eventually tax foreclosure in 2014 and 2015. Merchants Crossing currently has two older, solid brick buildings that have great potential for commercial redevelopment, given their proximity to the river and the downtown area. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has worked to remediate contamination from the various businesses that have existed on the site, and have demolished one of the blighted buildings.
The Land Bank completed selective demolition work at the site in 2016, and is now ready to work with interested partners who would like to redevelop the site and existing buildings.
Please review the RFP below for directions and contact information.