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Mid-Michigan town in the midst of a growth spurt

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(02/26/14) - A Mid-Michigan town is in the midst of a growth spurt - with several new business ventures in the works.

"Quite honestly, I don't believe there's another city in Michigan our size doing what we're doing," said Mike Burns, assistant city manager.

Construction projects and grand openings are happening quite frequently in downtown Fenton.

The Cornerstone Project at Leroy and Silver Lake Road will bring new restaurants, living space and jobs to the area. Just down the street - construction on the Fenton Community and Cultural Center is expected to begin in the spring.

Across the street from that is the Fire Hall Restaurant, which opened to rave reviews in December.

"Two-3 hours waits every night," Burns said.

While waiting for a table there, customers will soon have a new place to shop. On Saturday, the doors open at Le Petite Maison.

"We have upholstered furniture, antiques that we've had stripped right down to the bones, springs re-built so they're perfect. We have custom made furniture, we have 100-year-old boards that we're using old columns," said Linda Joliet, of La Petite Maison.

Linda Joliet and her business partner have spent the last several months turning a downtown building into a home décor store with European flair.

"Once I had the building, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and that was to do something with a European look, something I love. Because of my 20 years going back and forth to France, I wanted to incorporate that," Joliet said.

In doing so, she's helped add to the tremendous growth in downtown Fenton - growth that will likely continue for some time.

"I think the time is just right. They're going to do street scapes, so we'll be torn up for a bit, but the end result will be beautiful," Joliet said.

La Petite Maison opens Saturday morning at 10. Five percent of the proceeds that day will go toward the Fenton Community and Cultural Center.

The Cornerstone Project is expected to be complete by late summer.

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