Monday, February 4, 2013
Fenton Patch readers share their opinions on what they would like to see in their town.
Recently Fenton Patch reported on an agreement approved by Fenton officials that was a big step for the Cornerstone Project. The owners of the Clarkston Union have also been busy getting the old Fenton fire hall ready for construction. These are two huge projects that Fenton officials believe can revitalize downtown Fenton. But we want to know, if you could pick one more building to be in downtown Fenton, what would you want? We asked Fenton Patch readers that question on the Fenton Patch Facebook Page earlier last week and received a variety of comments. Many people wanted a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Others called for a movie theater. Some people didn't want any expansion at all. Aye R. Hazelnut posted that Fenton should have no big …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The approved agreement would include $581,000 investment from the Fenton Downtown Development Authority.
Fenton's Cornerstone Project took another large step toward reality Thursday as the Fenton City Council and the Downtown Development Authority approved an agreement necessary to move forward with the project. For the last 18 months, the Fenton DDA and Corlin Builders have worked together to develop the Cornerstone Project and now have a final outline of an agreement and are ready to continue plans. "I think it is going to be a great project," Mayor Pro-Tem Cheryl King said. "I think you are going to see a lot more happening downtown as part of our vision." Corlin Builders will develop a four story, mixed-use building at a total cost of $4.7 million. The building will have restaurant and retail space on the first floor, along with one and …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Fenton officials will host a City of Fenton Community Visioning Forum at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School Cafeteria.
What's your vision for Fenton? Fenton officials will host a City of Fenton Community Visioning Forum at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School Cafeteria. Fenton officials said input from all elements of the community is essential for creating a Strategic Plan for the City of Fenton’s Future. They have asked what improvements would you like to see in our community? And what would you like to see the City of Fenton look like in the next 10 years? Dinner and Child Care will be provided at the event. But we don't have to wait until the event to start the conversation. What do you think? What businesses would you like to see in Fenton? Is moving forward with Cornerstone a good idea? What would you like to see changed?
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Officials spend $20,000 for Breakfast Sponsorship Program.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The Fenton Downtown Development Authority wants to spread the good word on all Fenton has to offer to visitors staying in its area hotels. The Fenton DDA announced its Breakfast Sponsorship Program with Holiday Inn Express and Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels of Fenton this week with a check presentation of $10,000 for each hotel. In an effort to communicate news about Fenton, its area restaurants, shopping and entertainment, each hotel will participate in promoting the Fenton Be Closer campaign. The hotels will provide the Entertainment Guides to guests at check-in, as well as place Business Recruitment Guides in the Business Center. A free-standing 2’ X 3’ sign promoting Fenton Be Closer will be placed in the hotel lobbies. Additional …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
DDA member says the facade program is moving too slow.
Downtown Fenton is set to see some major changes with the $4.5 streetscrape project and a facade program to update local businesses. However, not everyone is happy with the plan and the pace. Fenton Downtown Development Authority member Chris Bayer, who co-owns A Joyful Noise Music Studio, would like to see the DDA' facade upgrade program speed up or be eliminated, according to the Flint Journal. "If it was successful, money would be expended, and buildings would be fixed and we'd be further along than what we are," Bayer said in Wednesday's article. "What we really need to do is accept the reality that it's not working and we need to modify it. Any amount of time that we take trying to fix what's already been undone, is a mistake." …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Developers are securing financing for the estimated $4 million building; negotiations with businesses and restaurants are taking place.
Plans for the new Cornerstone building in Fenton are taking shape, as the people involved carry out their portions of the project. The first building of what could be three will cost around $4 million, financed by The Saab Group of developers. The Fenton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will provide financial assistance, in an amount still to be determined, said DDA Director and Assistant City Manager Michael Burns. Ghassan Saab, of Fenton, is financing the project, with his father, Khalil Saab, and sister, Elisabeth Saab. The project will have a big impact on the community in which they live, Ghassan Saab said. They recently received approval from Fenton to increase the building from three stories to four stories. “We’re pretty …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
City hosts two public meetings on Wednesday to gather the community's input on the 2013 project.
Business owners and residents weighed in on Fenton's approximately $4.5 million Downtown Streetscape and Road Rehabilitation project, slated for 2013, at two public meetings on Wednesday. The project will improve walkability and aesthetics, reconstruct streets, rehab deteriorating pavement in other roadways and help lower traffic speeds, said Kent Early, of OHM, the city's engineering consultant. Around 10 people attended the morning session, with about 25 at the evening meeting. Howard and Sonja Melrose, who live across from The French Laundry, said they see the numbers of people that The French Laundry brings to their neighborhood. They hope the improvements planned throughout downtown Fenton will help other businesses boom and prosper. …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Save & Active Genesee for Everyone (SAGE) coalition praises ordinance.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Fenton City Council members and officials imagine a Downtown Fenton bustling with pedestrian traffic. They can foresee a near future in which visitors and residents alike can find a place to park downtown and then easily walk from having lunch at the French Laundry to shopping at Yesterday’s Treasures, then Billmeier Camera, and then on to dinner at the Fenton Hotel. The Fenton City Council took a step toward this future recently with the passage of an ordinance that gives pedestrians the right-of-way at crosswalks without traffic signals. The legislation was recently praised by the Save & Active Genesee for Everyone (SAGE) coalition, a collaboration of local advocates working together to support active living initiatives throughout the …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Downtown Development Authority to bond, seek grants for 2013 project.
An estimated $4.53 million in streetscape and road improvements is planned to begin in spring 2013, from Elizabeth to Sixth streets in Fenton. Road pavement rehabilitation and reconstruction make up an estimated $3.69 million of the work, with a projected $838,000 for the streetscape. Improvements will target LeRoy Street and a number of other areas. The plans, conceptual at this stage, began in spring 2010 when international walkability expert Dan Burden visited Fenton, said Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director Michael Burns. The plans include ideas from Burden on improving the city’s streetscape and the downtown’s physical design. Timothy Juidici, of Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment, and Joseph Wright, of Landscape Architecture …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Bringing you the latest and greatest for the weekend in Fenton and the surrounding area.
Our pick for today: Haunted Parade and Party Downtown Come back to Fenton Patch tomorrow for more weekend-things-to-do options. Or, visit our Events guide here.