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Some major projects are wrapping up in Bay City

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(03/21/14) - Positive momentum is building in Bay City - some of it generated by projects that have been in the works for years.

Now those developments are moving closer to reality in the heart of the city.

Some of those projects are wrapping up soon. Business owners say they're already creating positive changes in downtown Bay City.

Not far from Karen Schmidt's Bay City boutique is The Mill End Lofts. The high end rental apartment development is one of several major projects currently underway in and around the downtown area.

"Our area is definitely growing, there are more people coming downtown, especially now that the warmer weather is coming and I think it's great for everybody in our community," she said.

The first Mill End tenant is expected to move in next Friday.

Schmidt, who just opened her shop last summer, thinks the new developments are already helping her business.

"It's definitely developing more. There's a lot of people coming just for the restaurants, the shops for the activities along the water," she said.

There are also a number of projects taking place at Uptown Bay City.

Construction is nearing completion at the new Dow Corning facilities.

About 450 people are expected to move into that site starting this summer.

Uptown will also include the Bay City headquarters for Chemical Bank, as well as high end housing and other projects.

Community leaders say it's another reason for residents to look positively toward the city's future.

"We believe, as a result of these things going on, that you're going to see more development in the outline areas and more jobs and more income for the people," said Michael Seward, who's with the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

"More guests coming to visit us and bring their dollars in which helps keep local taxes down as well because when people come here and spend new money that money circulates," said Annette Rummel, with the Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Seventeen out of the 24 units have already been leased at The Mill End Lofts.

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