(11/12/12) - Saginaw has been going through plenty of changes in recent months. The list includes demolition of old buildings, restoration of others and new construction projects going up.
Now an old saloon that first opened in 1868 will soon open its doors again. For the past two months, the Perry's Schuch Hotel in Old Town Saginaw has been closed for renovations.
Now those renovations are almost done.
"Work around the clock, we have five guys working around the clock," said Michael Perry, owner of Perry's Schuch Hotel. Perry says that's how the hotel, which has been profiled in one of the "Haunting on Hamilton Street" movies, will be ready to re-open on Thursday.
Perry says customers will see big changes when they walk through the doors.
"They are going to notice that everything is completely fresh, everything is completely redone from scratch - the floors, the windows, all the tables," he said.
Even bar stools that Perry says were in the saloon when it opened in 1868 have been found and restored.
"We are going to have a couple of these back up. They are really small, " he said.
Perry says the restoration of this building is just another piece of a larger Saginaw renaissance.
"I was born in Saginaw, lived here my whole life, started working here off and on in 1959, as a kid, sweeping peanuts off the floor," Perry said.
He eventually wants to restore the building so it can once again live up to its billing as a hotel. Perry believes the last time rooms were rented there was in the 1970s. He'd like to hang the "vacancy" sign out again.
"They want to stay here, anyone that likes history would stay here, they would pretty much come from anywhere and everywhere," he said.
This restoration project comes just weeks after the opening of the Hamilton Street Apartments just a few blocks away. All nine apartments now have tenants.
"We are trying to come back to the city, that left the city," Perry said.
Perry says the Perry's Schuch Hotel will be open Thursday evening at 5.
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