Cadillac City Council Discusses Cadillac Lofts Property, Downtown Revitalization

Cadillac leaders are trying to setup a new development for success, and they say it could totally revitalize downtown.

The Cadillac Lofts apartment and commercial development planned on the corner of Cass and Mitchell Street will bring housing and more retail space to a prime location downtown.

Now, the city is working with developers and the community to turn the plot into a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone, which would help make the plan financially viable.

The designation helps access funding incentives from the state and allows the community to capture an increase in taxes from the development.

It would also be enticing for investors. Cadillac leaders hope it will attract more business downtown.

“Cadillac hasn’t had a project like … before, it’s one of a kind,” said Cadillac council member Steve King. “I think we’ve seen everywhere around the country there’s a real energy around downtowns again.”

A new apartment building has not been built in Cadillac in nearly 15 years. The Lofts would also fill a much-needed housing option in town.

“Cadillac as a whole needs entry level market rate housing,” said King. “Now, [you’ll have] a place where people can say ‘hey, I want to live there’ and they’ll have places to live there.”

Construction has already started and is expected to be done by the summer of 2020.

The Loft’s two phase construction plan starts with the demolition of two buildings and the construction of a four-story mixed-used building. It will have 42 apartment units and 12,000 square feet of retail space.

Phase II includes plans to tear down a third building and build a new one with 42 more apartments.

The city approved these plans back in May.

“I think it’s a really exciting thing for Cadillac,” said Cadillac’s Mayor Filkins. “It’s amazing what’s happening to our downtown and our community.”

The community will hold a meeting next month to officially approve plans to designate the area as a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone.