Proposed development agreement approved for former Delta County Jail property

Published: Aug. 21, 2019 at 9:44 PM EDT
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At a board meeting held Wednesday evening, the Escanaba City Council and the Delta County Commission approved the proposed development agreement for the former Delta County Jail property.

The nearly four-acre waterfront property is empty after the new county jail opened in June.

The $18.3 million dollar project will include two phases, creating a mixed-used development hotel.

The first phase will consist of the design of a hotel building, accommodating 80 to 90 rooms. The second phase will cater to a series of lofts, restaurants and office spaces.

Hutton & Hutton Architects and Engineers and Proxima Management will lead the project.

They will work with UP State Bank, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the United States Department of Agriculture along with Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy as partners of the project.

The former jail and sheriff's office became available when city leaders saw it as an opportunity to re-develop Escanaba’s downtown area and lakefront to continue its mission of growth in the city.

"Well this is quite a day for our city. We are moving ahead with a project that is going to be so good for our entire community. I'm so happy,” exclaimed Escanaba City Mayor, Marc Tall.

The city isn't sure when the exact start for phase I and II will begin, but leaders say people can expect to see changes very soon.

Phase I is expected to be completed by October 2021, and financially stabilized by October 2024.

Phase II also is expected to be completed by October 2021, and financially stabilized by October 2023.