JONESVILLE, MI (WLNS) – An abandoned building in Jonesville is being restored to its former glory.
But it could also bring in new business for the area. 6 News Genna Hilgenbrink went to Hillsdale County to see how a big building can help a small town.
What once was the pride of Jonesville has laid vacant for 50 years.
“It was a place that sleds were built, cars were built buggies were built there,” said Jeffrey Gray, Jonesville City Manager.
Toys were manufactured here, local people were employed and the economy boomed.
A single plan hopes to bring this old building back to its former glory. This old toy building is going to be turned into an apartment complex that will bring both residents and consumers to Jonesville.
“It’s going to be great for our community, right now it’s a big old building that’s been vacant for over 50 years,” said Mike Venturini, local businessman and Jonesville planning commission chair.
The plan is to break ground this spring and restore that old toy building into a home for up to 80 residents.
The project will take eight to 12 months to finish.
But residents are hopeful the building will continue Jonesville’s development.
“Now because of this extra activity and the increase in population we could get a convenience store, we could get a meat market that many people have been waiting for, you just never know what’s going to happen.”