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Hidden Kalamazoo Tour to show downtown areas locked in time

Meghan Chandler
Editor-in-Chief

The paint on the walls may be peeling and the stairs may be narrow, but the hidden spaces of downtown Kalamazoo are being opened up for tours in June.

On June 15-16, the first Hidden Kalamazoo tour will let people see the upper stories of downtown buildings that are being redeveloped, according to a press release. The tour is a fundraiser for the Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission.

There are eight tour sites being shown over the two days. Tickets can be purchased at various Kalamazoo locations and are valid both days of the tour. The locations being toured are:

1. The State Theater (414 South Burdick)—the tour will be through the auditorium, the first and second floor lobbies, stage and dressing rooms.

2. The Fuller Building (223 South Kalamazoo Mall) – Tour the third floor above Petals & Postings and Invitations by Design on the.

3. The Boudeman Building (236 South Kalamazoo Mall) – Tour above Rustica on the mall.

4. The Schiavone Studio (312 West Michigan)—Tour above Studio Grill on West Michigan

5. The Clapham-McDonald Building (131 East Michigan) – Tour the oldest building on the tour above A-1 Printing.

6. American National Bank building (136 East Michigan) – Tour the 15th floor with a view of Kalamazoo, the lobby and the vault in the basement.

7. Hall Block (266 East Michigan) – Tour the Coney Island second, third and fourth floors

8. Arlington Hotel Building (338 East Michigan) –Tour the upper floors above Bimbos Pizza.

Tickets cost $15 each, $12 for students and seniors (over 60). There is a group discount with a minimum of 10 people for $12 each. Tickets can be purchased beginning May 1 at the following locations:

City Hall – 241 W. South – Treasurer’s Office – M-F, 9-4:30

Community Development – 415 Stockbridge – Permit desk – M-F, 9-4:30

D&W – 2103 Parkview at Oakland – 6am to Midnight

D&W – 525 Romence – Portage – 6am to Midnight

Retro – 240 South Kalamazoo Mall – Tues-Sat 10-5

Michigan News Agency – 308 West Michigan – Mon – Sat 7am – 8pm, Sun 7am – 6pm

Heritage Company – 150 North Edwards – Tues-Sat 11-5

Tickets are good for both days and once a site has been seen it will be marked off of the ticket. All tourists can go from one site to another at their own discretion.

Sponsors of the Hidden Kalamazoo Tour include: Peregrine Realty, South Street Properties, Bob & Carol Oudsema, DKI, Treystar, Nehil-Sivak, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Kalamazoo Sportswear, CSM GROUP, Heritage Company, Nelson Nave – Kalamazoo Antiques Market.

For more information, call Sharon Ferraro, City of Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Coordinator, at 269-337-8804 or email ferraros@kalamazoocity.org.
Contact Meghan Chandler at meghanchandler.reporter@gmail.com or 269-271-3251. Follow her on twitter.

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