Our Building Blocks for Success
The City of Albion has a rich and diverse history. It is has weathered many storms, but through it all, residents have been committed to each other and their community. Over the last 187 years, since Albion was founded in 1831, the community has transformed, changed and developed time after time. Now in 2018, we believe it is time for another transformation. A transformation that will stabilize, sustain, and grow our community for decades to come.
The momentum that we feel today is because of key community building blocks. These building blocks have received community support, brought residents together and helped us realize the potential that lies within Albion.
In 1998 a group of committed community members had the vision to create a place where children and families could gather together and learn through play. In the heart of Albion’s downtown, Kids ‘N’ Stuff children’s museum opened in 2000 and has remained a constant on Superior Street since then. It was the first organization to put their stake into downtown Albion.
In 2011, Friends of the Bohm was formed to purchase the historic Bohm Theater and begin the process to renovate and restore the theater to its former glory. It took four years, countless hours, and many dedicated citizens to complete the project but in October 2014 the Bohm Theater reopened to the public. With the marquee lights aglow, the community of Albion celebrated, and the momentum continued.
In June of 2016, Albion College announced that 101. North Superior Street would become the Ludington Center to serve as a hub for interactions between Albion College, the City of Albion and the region. The building was the first physical sign of Albion College’s commitment to the success of downtown Albion. The building was dedicated by Albion College on October 14, 2016, and continued to be a gathering place for college and community to connect
2016 was an exciting year for Albion. In the midst of Ludington Center opening and dedication construction began on the 75-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel. A hotel downtown was just an idea in 2010 but through hard work, persistence, and key partnerships between the Albion College, the city of Albion and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation it became reality. Opening in March of 2017 at 200 S. Superior Albion again realized that good can happen in our community.
Building on the success and momentum of Kids ‘N’ Stuff, the Bohm Theater, the Ludington Center, and the Courtyard by Marriott hotel 2017 brought two projects to the forefront. The Peabody Block at 400 S. Superior Street and Albion Malleable Brewing Company at 420 S. Superior Street both broke ground in the fall of 2017.
The Peabody Block project was undertaken by ACE Investment Properties. The Peabody Block is Albion’s oldest brick building, built in 1852. In October of 2017, the project to renovate and restore the building began in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Recognizing a community need, the first floor will be the future home to the Foundry Bakehouse and Deli. The second and third floor are made up of four 1,100 square foot, 2-bedroom 2-bath apartment units that were completed in September 2018.
The final building block in the Albion Malleable Brewing Company. Three friends, passionate about Albion and beer worked together to open Albion’s own microbrewery at 420 S. Superior Street that opened in May 2018. They have created a place where both residents and visitors feel welcome and can enjoy each other’s company at the community tables in a casual atmosphere.
Together each of these projects has laid a portion of the foundation that Albion Reinvestment Corporation will use to propel the vision for a vibrant downtown Albion forward. We recognize the hard work of all individuals involved in these projects over the last 20 years and hope that the partnerships continue to grow and thrive. We believe that Albion is approaching a tipping point because of the groundwork that has been laid before us.