Pontiac featured in Oakland County Prosper 2014 magazine
Main Street Oakland County
Building Communities One Downtown at at Time
as featured in Prosper 2014 magazine. Written by Maureen McDonald
Kale, romain, arugula, Swiss chard and leaf lettuce line the produce aisle of the 10,000-square-foot Lafayette Market in downtown Pontiac. Opened in December 2012, it's the cornerstone of a $20 million redevelopment of a defunct Sears, Roebuck & Co. store into residential lofts, a cafe, rooftop deck for entertaining and an Anytime Fitness location.
"We took a risk, being a catalyst for economic development," Kyle Westberg says. He co-owns West Construction, the firm that took on the Sears building overhaul with a financial boost from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
"Our market became a beacon for hope and light," Westberg says. "We see amazing things happening in our cafe- business meetings, Bible study groups. Families come from miles around for healthy food."
In Pontiac, the Downtown Business Association/Main Street Board worked with the county on plans to make the Woodward Loop a two-way street that will help drivers access - instead of bypass - downtown.
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Visit the Lafayette Market, Anytime Fitness, and Lafayette Place Lofts located in Downtown Pontiac at 154 N. Saginaw.