New Enterprise Needed for Downtown
By, Taylor Miller
WILLIAMSTON- At 122 W. Grand River Ave. the search continues to find a new enterprise in the center of Williamston’s downtown.
The Ingham County Land Bank acquired the foreclosed property last March and is working with the city to fill the space instead of auctioning the property off, said Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing.
“What happens is the Land Bank really wants to work with the city on this. After they have received all of the proposals they ask the city officials for their opinion and if they have any recommendations”, said Michael Gradis of Community Development.
The location was most recently El Indio Tijuana, A Mexican Restaurant and prior to that it was a deli.
Gradis explains that it was always a food establishment and the city would like to keep it that way.
“What we’ve talked about is that we want the storefront to be an attraction,” Gradis said. “Something that will generate a lot of foot traffic through the area such as a restaurant, coffee shop or a new clothing store,” said Gradis.
Shortly before Christmas, a new restaurant by the name of Tavern 109 will be opening in downtown Williamston. Gradis said that he hopes the restaurant will be a huge attraction that not only brings recognition to the area, but hopefully the shops in the area as well.
The City set an application deadline of Oct. 10 and received only two proposals for the property.