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Eastside Neighborhood opens an art-filled plaza area, plans events


The Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association is celebrating after putting the finishing touches on the Eastside Sunrise Plaza. (WWMT/Courtesy Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association)
The Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association is celebrating after putting the finishing touches on the Eastside Sunrise Plaza. (WWMT/Courtesy Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association)
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The Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association is celebrating after putting the finishing touches on the Eastside Sunrise Plaza.

The plaza, 1616 E. Main St., was built with a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs grant and features art from Gerald King, Conrad Kaufman and Buddy Hannah.

“Folks in the community were enjoying the beautiful sign and stopping to relax on the furnishings even before it was completely done. Adjacent businesses are excited about this aesthetically pleasing addition to the East Main corridor and have upped their façade beautification game to complement the activity of the plaza,” Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association Director Pat Taylor said.

The association said they will be holding a social media event called Picture Yourself at the Plaza from Oct. 19 to Oct. 29 where people can share selfies at the plaza on the Eastside Gateway and Eastside Square Facebook page.

A Pic or Treat will be held at the plaza from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Oct. 29. King will take pictures and cider and donuts would be available.

Taylor said the feedback from the community has been positive and several residents are asking about the affordable housing expected to be developed in the area.

The plaza is part of a mixed-use redevelopment project in conjunction with the Kalamazoo County Land Bank called Eastside Square.

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“It has been such an exciting honor to be able to work with the Land Bank on one of the Eastside revitalization developments that residents have long asked for,” Taylor said.

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