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Adrian Armory could be redeveloped into apartments

A proposal for two new apartment buildings downtown has shifted focus, but is still in the works. Last summer, Peter Jobson, president of Excel Realty Group in Ohio, spoke to the Adrian City Commission about building two affordable housing complexes on spaces that are currently occupied by city parking lots. One would have been on the site of the Maiden Lane parking lot on the east side of South Winter Street, and the other would have been on Church Street across from the Lenawee County Historical Museum. In order to provide enough parking for residents and to replace the parking spaces that would have been lost, the apartments would have sat on top of three-story parking structures, bringing the total height of the buildings to six stories. However, city administrator Shane Horn said, the developer is now looking at two different downtown locations. Continue Reading

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City commission says no to four-story limit on buildings downtown

The Adrian City Commission on Monday shot down a proposal to ban any building higher than 60 feet or four stories in Adrian’s central business district, but left the door open to considering a more limited list of height restrictions in the future. The proposed ordinance, which was recommended by the planning commission in a 6-3 vote, would have applied to the entire B3 central business district. Planning commission chairman Mike Jacobitz said the concern is that with no height limits whatsoever, the door is currently open to buildings of any height anywhere downtown, which could damage the appearance of the downtown historic district. Most buildings downtown are shorter than four stories, with only a few having four. “It’s not a development issue. Continue Reading

Melissa Snead is pictured at her store, Craft, which opened today in downtown Adrian.

New handmade gift store with Michigan emphasis opens downtown

Craft, a new gift store featuring handmade items with a Michigan focus, opened today in downtown Adrian. Owner Melissa Snead said the store features exclusively handmade items, about 90 percent of them from Michigan. Craft is located at 128 N. Main St. Snead has sold her own knitted and crocheted accessories since 2008 under the name Owl’s Nest, and decided to open a store after she started selling at fairs and meeting other artisans. The store has close to 100 people’s work represented. Continue Reading

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Two-day Art-A-Licious festival opens today

Downtown Adrian’s Art-A-Licious festival, a two-day art fair featuring more than 80 exhibitors, will open this afternoon and run through Saturday evening. Now in its ninth year, Art-A-Licious features media such as paintings, sculpture, pottery, glasswork, woodwork and jewelry. A complete schedule of events can be viewed at artalicious.org. Continue Reading

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Blues-n-Brews Festival returning the first Saturday in October

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Blues-n-Brews Festival in downtown Adrian on Saturday, October 3. The annual festival features beer, wine and hard cider from more than 30 Michigan breweries and wineries along with live blues music. The event, at The Pavilion at 115 Toledo S.t, will be held from 4-10 p.m. with early entry at 3 p.m. for VIP ticketholders. The Blues-n-Brews group organizes this annual event as a way for music lovers and craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy an eclectic sampling of beers from across the state of Michigan and great live music without having to travel outside the Lenawee County area. The featured breweries for this year’s event include Atwater, Bell’s, Chelsea Alehouse, Cotton Brewing Company, Dark Horse Brewing Company, Grand River Brewing, New Holland, Shorts, Rochester Mills, Tecumseh Brewing and more. Continue Reading

Saori Shimizu and Ted Covey are pictured at Skyview Square, 112 S. Winter St.

New store offers entrepreneurs a place to sell handmade items

A new store next to El Chapulin in downtown Adrian aims to be a place where local entrepreneurs can sell their handmade items.

Sky View Square opened June 15 at 112 S. Winter St., and is adding vendors one at a time. When owner Ted Covey moved his marketing business, SHD Marketing Agency, from its previous home on South Main Street, he gained a lot of additional square footage — so he decided to put it to use. Covey is aiming to recreate the feel of an outdoor market, only indoors. He’s hired an artist to paint a sky on the ceiling — hence the name — and he’d like to bring in 20 or 30 more vendors. Currently the store has everything from clothing to home décor to dog treats. Continue Reading

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Adrian City Band to try downtown Pavilion as a performance venue

The Adrian City Band is trying something new. Instead of its usual home in the Trestle Park bandshell, the all-volunteer band will perform at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion downtown for the rest of the season. The band performed at the Pavilion last week, intending it to be only a temporary change due to Trestle Park being flooded. But city administrator Shane Horn said he and band director Jim Rice received a lot of positive feedback from both band members and concert attendees, most of them saying that parking was easier downtown and acoustics at the Pavilion were better. Horn added that last week’s relocated concert also had very good attendance. Continue Reading

Ed Monday has opened the Main Street Market in downtown Adrian.

Farmers market master opens carryout grocery store downtown

Inspired in part by last year’s study of retail in downtown Adrian, the market master of the Adrian Farmers Market has opened a carryout grocery on South Main Street. The Main Street Market, located at 145 S. Main St. across from the Cornerstone Apartments building that was recently purchased by Adrian College, will offer convenience foods and household staples as well as produce and locally raised meat, said owner Ed Monday. The market opened with a basic inventory in May and is ramping up to add more products. Eventually, Monday said, the goal is that “you can come in here and get a meal, basically, because you can get meat, some fresh vegetables, maybe a dessert, and a drink.”

Monday already runs a business selling locally raised meats under his own label, Local Foods, and those meats are available at the market. Continue Reading

Adrian College president holds up a T-shirt reading "Adrian: Open for Business," printed by Todd Harder of Red Paint Printing, during an announcement of Adrian College's purchase of Cornerstone Apartments.

Adrian College purchases Cornerstone Apartments for staff housing

The Cornerstone Apartments building at the corner of South Main and Church streets in downtown Adrian has been purchased by Adrian College, which plans to use it as housing for coaches and other staff members. The purchase was finalized Monday and announced this morning during a press conference at the City Chambers Building. Jerry Wright, Adrian College’s vice president for business affairs, said the 28-unit building will have about 40 residents, most of them members of the coaching staff for the college’s growing athletic programs.

“The acquisition of this property serves the college by allowing us to move those employees downtown, thereby creating additional on-campus residency units for our students,” Wright said in a statement announcing the purchase. “We believe with the influx of these young professionals into the downtown area that it will add vibrancy and increased economic development.” The building will remain on the city’s tax rolls. Continue Reading

Fresh produce is displayed at the Adrian Farmers Market in this photo from last season.

Downtown Adrian Farmers Market will open May 2

Farmers market season is coming. The Adrian Farmers Market downtown will open for the season on Saturday, May 2. Market hours are 9 1.m. to 1 p.m.

The Adrian Farmers Market is located in the covered pavilion at the Toledo Street parking lot. It runs from the beginning of May through the end of October. Continue Reading