New boutique hotel to be built in Marine City

Marine City is yet again making a play to become the small town destination along the St. Clair River with the announcement of a three-story boutique hotel to open in summer 2017.

The development team behind the Snug Theatre and River Bank Theatre redevelopments in downtown Marine City have announced plans for a three-story boutique hotel in the riverside town. Dubbed the Inn on Water Street, the mixed-use development will include a combination of 26 hotel and apartment units. It will be located at the site of an old car dealership at the intersection of Bridge and Water streets.

Developers and city officials say the hotel is another example of downtown Marine City's resurgence. The small town located on the banks of the St. Clair River benefits from nearly $4.2-million in private investment and 15 permanent jobs as a result of the development.

Elaine Vertin, one of the developers of the Inn on Water Street, believes the mixed-use concept will be of great benefit to the city and its residents. "Third-story condominiums enhance the tax base and offer owners a fantastic view of the St. Clair River, while visitors staying in the guest rooms can enjoy a close-up view of the freighter traffic and the ferry to Canada."

The development is the recipient of a $642,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Community Revitalization Program, says the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Also, due to Brownfield conditions at the site, the County of St. Clair Brownfield Redevelopment Authority is seeking $216,800 in local and school tax capture for MSF eligible activities for the hotel.

Earlier this year, the Marine City Public Beach was the benefit of a state-sponsored crowdfunding campaign to improve beach facilities. $11,120 was raised through the campaign, and an additional $10,000 was granted to the project by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority's Public Spaces Community Places placemaking initiative.

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