Demolition to start on plaza portion of Cadillac Commons

Via Cadillac News

By Rick Charmoli

CADILLAC — Demolition required for the construction of the plaza portion of the Cadillac Commons project is scheduled to begin Monday.

The project should be mostly complete in early July, and features will include a splash pad, fireplace and synthetic ice rink, which will be seasonally installed in the fall and removed in the spring. While under construction, parking will be not as convenient in the parking lot between Harris and Cass Streets to the north and south, and Elk Avenue and Lake Streets to the east and west.

The plaza project was developed with public input through the PlacePlans process, which was facilitated by the Michigan Municipal League, the Michigan State University School of Design, Planning, and Construction, and the MSU Extension.

The primary concept of the creation of the Cadillac Heritage Plaza, according to the PlacePlans Report, is to “transform a nondescript parking lot and park into a year-round downtown destination evoking all the historical charm and sophistication that make the city unique. The lakeside block would become a vibrant hub connecting downtown businesses and Lake Cadillac with seasonal events and attractive amenities, acting as a magnet to draw in visitors and residents alike.”