officials (from left) Fenton Councilmember Scott Grossmeyer; Curt
Catallo of Union Joints; Councilmember David McDermott; Mayor Sue
Osborn; City Manager Lynn Markland; Mayor Pro Tem Pat Lockwood;
Councilmember Brad Jacob; and Assistant City Manager Michael Burns;
accept the 2014 Region 1 Community Excellence Award Nomination during
the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference in Lansing.|
Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25. 2014
Fire Hall Restaurant Project Now in Running for Statewide Honor in October
LANSING, Mich. — The city of Fenton earned top
honors as the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 1 Community Excellence
Award (CEA) winner at the League’s 2014 Capital Conference in Lansing
on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
The city won for its Fenton Fire Hall project. The city of
Fenton had a historic fire hall in the heart of its downtown that was
no longer in use and had stood vacant for 10 years. The city of Fenton
and Downtown Development Authority established a partnership with a
nationally recognized restaurant group, called Union Joints, which
focuses on converting historic buildings into eating establishments.
The Fenton Fire Hall restaurant is now an extremely popular and
successful destination point for people from miles around the Fenton
Region 1 includes all communities in the southeastern portion
of the state’s Lower Peninsula. Other communities that competed for
the Region 1 CEA nomination were Riverview and Eastpointe.
“It’s fantastic for our community to win this award,” said Fenton
Mayor Sue Osborn. “We’re so proud and it’s a great honor to be
associated with Union Joints. They came into our community and
transformed our old fire hall and it has turned into a destination
restaurant. If you don’t arrive early, it can be up to a three-hour
wait to get in, but the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is
unbelievable. I would encourage everyone to come out and taste it--I’m
sure you will agree with me.”
The Fenton project will now go on to compete against the other
six regional winners for the statewide CEA title at the League’s
Annual Convention Oct. 14-17, 2014, in Marquette. The CEA program,
affectionately called “The Race for the Cup,”
was started by the League in 2007 to recognize innovative solutions
taking place in Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships.
View and download photos of Fenton and the other CEA regional
winners in this Michigan Municipal League set on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/sets/72157642695397735/.
For additional details contact Matt Bach, director of media
relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at (734) 669-6317 or email@example.com.
The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its
member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts;
provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal
officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to
their communities through League programs and services.