ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday for the new downtown marketplace located on the corner of Ludington and 15th Street in Escanaba.
Coming in at a cost of around 1.3 million dollars, the marketplace looks to be a stepping stone in the re-invigoration of downtown Escanaba.
Sitting on 1.07 acres of land with the actual marketplace coming in at just over eight thousand square feet, the marketplace features a stage, gas fire pit, caterer's kitchen and will soon have a full playground installed.
Ed Legault is the director of Escanaba's Downtown Development Authority.
"One of the challenges I was given when I became DDA director was how do we put more money into bricks and mortar? I think when you look at this we have obviously hit a home run."
There are some finishing touches still being put in place. The playground will soon be installed and some landscaping needs to be finished but the marketplace is ready for use. And that's a good thing because it will host it's first official event when Escanaba's farmer is held there for the first time on Saturday, July 15th from 8am to 12pm.