A new addition to the landscape in Downtown Saginaw is on the way.
Matt Blasy, General Manager of The Dow Event Center, a SMG managed facility announce Thursday at a press conference along with Saginaw County & Great Lakes Bay Region Convention & Visitors Bureau plans are in place to develop an outdoor event venue in the 300 block of Downtown Saginaw, where the Saginaw Center once stood.
The venue, which will include a Pavilion, a main stage and a grassy area, as well as 225 parking spaces (400 block), has been designed to attract a wide range of events and draw people to Downtown Saginaw.
Blasy said "We are extremely excited about this new plan for the old Saginaw Center space. The ability to attract events to this location will have much more of a positive impact on downtown Saginaw and the Great Lakes Bay Region."
Pavilion will be along Franklin Street facing east. This location will utilizes existing structural columns from the Saginaw Center, allows optimal sightlines and audio capabilities for the Main Stage and allows the potential to utilize adjacent Parking Lot for additional space and concert capacity.
The Pavilion will provide a safe and economical place in the community for people of all ages and scopes from around the region to gather for a wide variety of events. Not only will this benefit the ‘sense of community' feeling in Downtown Saginaw, but it will also contribute to increased economic growth in the area.
While the removal of the Hotel and Saginaw Center is a positive change for the Region, the original plan to add 500 parking spaces will have minimal economic impact, especially for the organizations investing in the demolition of the buildings. Because the main costs involved in this project are the set-up (construction), the annual operating expenses remain very low, which is an inexpensive and sustainable solution for a community, such as Saginaw, that is looking to promote their area.
Construction will begin in early spring to build the site which includes grass, concrete, irrigation system, and lighting. The goal is to complete Pavilion construction by the fall targeting early fall outdoor events. The objective for the Pavilion and Outdoor Venue will be to create a space that people can meet collectively for various events, performances, festivals, markets, etc. while enhancing the experience in Downtown Saginaw.
Click on the photo to the right for a look at the planned structure.
Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
A semi truck fell 65 feet off a freeway ramp, injuring the driver in northeast Portland on Wednesday. The semi first slammed into a car on the Interstate 5 northbound on-ramp from Interstate 84. The tractorMore >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:13 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:13:34 GMT
Friends and family are continuing the search for a missing Vancouver teen who went missing in Skamania County on June 9.On Tuesday night, a group posted flyers in Amboy, hoping that they might lead toMore >
Friends and family are continuing the search for a missing Vancouver teen who went missing in Skamania County on June 9.More >
A former Sherwood High School teacher is facing charges of sex abuse, the alleged victims three students. Washington County deputies say Denise Keesee turned herself into detectives today after monthsMore >
A former Sherwood High School teacher is facing charges of sex abuse and police say the victims are two former students.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:43 PM EDT2013-06-19 01:43:17 GMT
A fisherman drowned Tuesday in the Columbia River after diving into the water from his boat to try and retrieve his fishing pole. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said the man, who has not yet beenMore >
A fisherman drowned Tuesday in the Columbia River after diving into the water from his boat to try and retrieve his fishing pole.More >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:09:23 GMT
A youth soccer coach accused of sexually abusing one of his players has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree sex abuse. According to court documents, Leonetti touched a 12 year-old girl inappropriatelyMore >
A former youth soccer coach accused of sexual abuse of a player has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >