In the News: Historic Bay City bank building has a contractor, architect and a restaurant

With a general contractor and award-winning architect secured, a historic bank building in the heart of downtown Bay City is nearly ready for a grandiose redevelopment.

Last month, Jenifer Acosta, the developer looking to transform the 125-year-old Crapo building at Center and Washington avenues into a multi-use structure with residential apartment rentals and commercial space, hired Saginaw-based Spence Brothers as the project's general manager. Quinn Evans Architecture, the same firm that designed renovations to Bay City Hall following a 2010 fire, was also hired for the redevelopment project...

In the News: Hundreds tour The Times Lofts, Bay City's new luxury apartment complex

An overflow of people crammed into its chic lobby, anxiously waiting to see the rebirth of an iconic Bay City building where news was broken, headlines were made and papers rolled off a press that rattled an entire city block.

After 106 years, the old Bay City Times building at the corner of Fifth and Adams streets in downtown Bay City is officially something new. Following a massive renovation project to convert the former newspaper building into luxury apartment rentals, appropriately called The Times Lofts, a ribbon was cut and glasses were raised to celebrate a new jewel in the city...

In the News: What fueled Bay City's renaissance in 2016?

Bay City is changing and 2016 was a pivotal year filled with new businesses and festivals, multi-million dollar redevelopment projects and infrastructure improvements that community leaders hope lead to a better quality of life and attract more visitors. 

The Uptown Bay City development dominated headlines in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, it was all about downtown Bay City. 

Here's what shaped the city's ongoing renaissance this past year...

In the News: Bay City DDA board approves Wenonah Park pavilion project

The controversial Wenonah Park pavilion project took a step forward Wednesday morning with the Bay City Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors throwing its support behind building the structure.

The vote of support was expected, but it was not unanimous. At its meeting Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, at the Doubletree Hotel, the DDA board voted 9-2 in favor of building a 5,000-square-foot, multi-use, double-roofed pavilion, which could double as an ice skating rink, in the southeast corner of the downtown park. The pavilion, which officials said at the meeting "would likely cost less than $1 million," is being funded by an initial $1 million donation from the Nickless Family Charitable Foundation...

In the News: Controversial Wenonah Park pavilion project draws big crowd

More than 125 people for and against a pavilion being built in Wenonah Park gathered in a hotel ballroom Wednesday evening to share their support and opposition of the project.

The public meeting, held at the Doubletree Hotel, attracted a crowd that was essentially split down the middle on the controversial project...

In the News: Developer closes purchase of historic Bay City bank building for $25,000

More than two years ago, Bay City businessman Art Dore bought the former PNC Bank building at Center and Washington avenues in downtown Bay City for $100,000.

At the time, real estate officials called the sale of the 85,000-square-foot building "the definition of value."

That sale was bested this week...

In the News: The Times Lofts, Bay City's newest apartment complex, takes shape

Looking out a second-story window of the former Bay City Times building, Serenus Johnson President Bill Woolwine Jr. experienced one of those "full circle" moments.

It was nearly 25 years ago that Woolwine was working as a laborer for the Bay City-based construction company, building a new unheated storage addition to the west side of the former newspaper building...

In the News: National Park Service OKs removal of metal facade on historic Bay City building

A portion of the historic Crapo building's original facade was all that officials from the National Park Service needed to see in order to put the downtown Bay City building on its National Register of Historic Places and allow a redevelopment project to move forward.

Last month, officials from the Park Service determined the building's original facade made it eligible for the National Register. That allows Jenifer Acosta, the developer looking to transform the 125-year-old building at Center and Washington avenues into a multi-use structure with residential apartment rentals and commercial space, to go after about $2 million in federal tax credits for the $11.6 million redevelopment project...