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Midland, Michigan... Big City Life in a Mid-Sized Community
The Midland community provides the amenities of big city life with all the charm and
security of a mid-sized community. Light traffic, a healthy economy, moderate
cost of living, impressive housing stocks, strong educational
systems, and easy access to big-city attractions put Midland on
Bizjournal's 2008 list of the top "dreamtowns" in America.
Midland has experienced much economic
development in the past 15-20 years. An emphasis on the revitalization of Downtown Midland has resulted in
the construction of a new City Hall, a four-story County Administration
Building, a three-story office building and parking ramp, and a building
renovation for the United Way and its agencies. A
five-star-quality hotel and conference center called the H Hotel,
plus a 150-apartment
senior living complex has added to and enhanced the
development and growth of the downtown area, as has the development of
casual and upscale restaurants and specialty shops to draw people to the area.
Downtown Midland received
a Michigan Main Street designation in 2005, one of only four communities in the
state to receive the recognition that year. The Main Street program, part of
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's Cool Cities Initiative, resulted in an increased
focus on developing a long-term, sustainable business district and enhancing the
downtown's economic position. Community leaders continue to look at
ways to make the downtown area an exciting multi-use destination for
housing, business offices, shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
Center City District
is a shopping locale in - you guessed it! - the center of Midland.
It is fully developed with a mixture of retail, restaurant, and other
service sector businesses, as well as some multi-family housing. The
area also contains the historic Ashman Circle, which is home to numerous
shops and boutiques.
Midland is also home to a regional shopping mall, constructed in 1991
and located on Eastman Avenue just north of US-10. The Midland Mall features four anchor stores complemented by more than 60 specialty
and name-brand shops. Many retail stores, hotels, restaurants and
entertainment facilities have located in the mall area, helping to bring a
full range of shopping, dining and
leisure opportunities to area residents and visitors.
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