Four Prime City Blocks Available for

Redevelopment in the Heart of Kalamazoo, Michigan

Arcadia Commons West (ACW) is a joint endeavour of Western Michigan University, the City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the City of Kalamazoos Downtown Development Authority, and Downtown Tomorrow, Inc. (a non-profit whose mission is to acquire and hold properties for redevelopment in Kalamazoo). ACW Consortium is seeking developers with urban / mixed-use experience to become partners in developing the ACW property alongside the community. A

 Kalamazoo is home to nearly 75,000 residents, 30,000 students, and a vibrant downtown.  Our downtown is adjacent to Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College and is home to many thriving businesses as well as two major medical facilities and the new Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Kalamazoo is also known for being the home of The Kalamazoo Promise which provides free in-state college education to graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools.

These four city blocks were originally used for a variety of small businesses and a car dealership, and are now mostly vacant land. The Arcadia Creek West Redevelopment Area is considered the second phase of the Arcadia Commons Redevelopment Project or Arcadia Commons East (ACE) completed in 1995.   ACE became a major transformative project for the northern district of downtown Kalamazoo.  The project consisted of a collaboration of nine private and public property owners investing over $100 million in new  and renovated construction of commercial, office, institutional, community college, public museum and public open space.

The ACW Task Force has worked together over the last year to solicit developers who would become partners in engaging the community to develop a project for this site. The task force selected two teams, Lord Aeck Sargent/Rise and AVB/Hinman to submit proposals and interview on July 16 at a public meeting inside the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Teams were evaluated on their project team and experience, understanding of the project, broad project vision, project investment, and community involvement strategies. The task force plans to announce the chosen developer within 30-60 days. 

 Lord Aeck Sargent / RISE Presentation

Lord Aeck Sargent / RISE Public Comment Card Question Responses 

AVB / Hinman Presentation 

AVB / Hinman Public Comment Card Question Responses