Changing the Face of Downtowns

Downtown Lake Orion, Michigan Partners with Brewpub

Downtown Lake Orion, Michigan Partners with Brewpub

Sep 19, 2012

The 51 North Brewery at 51 N. Broadway is a major development on its own, but the fact that it is moving into a massive, historic, downtown building that had no takers for several years makes it an even greater success, says Suzanne Perreault, executive director of theĀ Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority.

After the micro brewery owner, an accomplished home brewer, approached the DDA last December about locations for a business, DDA officials decided to carve a deal that would be beneficial for the entrepreneur and for the city and its tax base, Perreault says.

The building, a 4,700-square-foot former gas station on the north end of town — an area the DDA wants to pull into the busier part of the downtown — was purchased by the DDA in 2006. For all these years only the DDA’s offices occupied a portion of the building, but it is now relocating. Because of the work needed to ready the building for retail and other business, there was no interest from business owners in leasing it, Perrault says.

“The original intention was to purchase it, tear it down and put in a parking lot,” Perrault says.”But one focus of the DDA is historic preservation.”

Source: Suzanne Perreault, executive director, Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority

Writer: Kim North Shine

One comment

  1. Bob Donohue /

    A project with great potential. Far better than a parking lot, the adaptive use of the former gas station as. Brewpub will capitalize on the original character of the building as part of the design. Great stuff! Another fine example & model for other Main Street Oakland County communities and downtowns everywhere!

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