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Old Flint Journal building will soon welcome new tenants

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/10/14) - Excitement continues to build for the scheduled grand opening of the new Flint Farmer's Market, a week from Saturday.

However, that's not the only major project underway downtown. A lot is going on at the Old Flint Journal building, too.

When the Journal left their historic building in 2011, planners went to work to turn the structure into a multi-purpose facility that could spark a "downtown rivalry."

Not even a a downtown power outage could stop construction and renovation on one of Flint's landmarks.

Workers were busy pouring concrete and mudding drywall in the old Flint Journal building, soon to be home to a major university, and some of its students as well.

"Bringing in MSU's medical school is going to bring in so many diverse people to our community. And, it's going to be very exciting to have another major anchor institute in downtown. These apartments are completely different than anything we've ever done before. They're very, very urban and kind of edgy," said Uptown Developments leasing manager, Marcus Papin.

Above MSU's new home, two floors of apartments are under construction. Original cement flooring will be cleaned and polished.

"It's such a cool thing we that we get to do in urban development, is that you get to take these old buildings and restore them and keep the integrity of the building, and be able to re-purpose it into something that's going to move on far into the 21st Century," Papin said.

Historic portions of the old building reflect a penchant for the Spartans, and the new medical facility will establish a Green and White presence, just a stone's throw away from the University of Michigan-Flint campus.

"I'm a UM-Flint grad myself, and I really like the fact that we are able to be right across the street. I hope it creates some fun, inner-city rivalry between the schools," Papin said.

Both institutions will play important roles in the continuing revitalization of downtown Flint.

"You have that collaborative and creative environment that comes from it. So, a lot of people are excited to be around so many different people and learn and see different things," Papin said.

Five units are still available for rent. Prices range from $500 to $1,200 a month.

The lofts are scheduled to be move-in ready Aug. 1. MSU also plans to begin their big move in August.
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