(02/07/13) - Thursday, it became official. Saginaw is getting an outdoor concert pavilion, right in the heart of the city.
"This was an idea a year and a half ago," said Annette Rummel, of the Great Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau.
That idea is to knock down two buildings across the street from the Dow Event Center and create an outdoor concert venue. While it will be a place for musical acts, Rummel says it can be used for a variety of events.
"Family reunions, weddings, political fundraisers, political speeches, this is going to be our 'city of Saginaw city center,'" she said.
A variety of entities have contributed to the project. The total cost is $5 million plus, which included the demolition work. More money is needed, but former Saginaw County Controller Marc McGill says no additional tax money will be used on the project.
"Still a million and a million and a half short in finishing that pavilion, however, we've begun the process of reaching out to community leaders, foundations, they are very supportive," he said.
The county will own the venue, and it will be managed by SMG, the same company that manages the Dow Event Center.
"We are seeing the potential for four or 5,000 people in that area," McGill said.
Concerts that would be scheduled inside the Dow Event Center can now be held outside.
"If there is inclement weather, or potential for high winds, we can just move the concert indoors instead of canceling the event or rescheduling, which is a nightmare when holding outdoor events," McGill said.
Construction on the pavilion is expected to start in the spring, and it should be completed in the fall.
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