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Treystar Announces Haymarket Plaza Opening and Dedication

KALAMAZOO, MI — Treystar announces the opening and dedication ceremony of downtown Kalamazoo’s newest outdoor space to enjoy community, arts, music, and social interactions: Haymarket Plaza.

Driven by the belief that downtown commercial spaces create opportunities for community and business, Kalamazoo-based Treystar partnered with Catalyst Development and the City of Kalamazoo to create Haymarket Plaza. Running along the north side of East Michigan Avenue, between Treystar’s Main Street East and Haymarket buildings and Catalyst Development’s newly constructed 180 Water Street/Warner Building project, the plaza is named after the historic Haymarket District where it is located.

Festivities to celebrate this community-oriented space included a presentation by Michigan House entitled “Placemaking to Build Community” during which former City of Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell hosted a panel of executives from Landscape Forms, Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership, and TowerPinkster to discuss the importance of placemaking in Kalamazoo.

The panel discussion was followed by a dedication ceremony, an announcement about future use for the plaza, live music, and a 3D preview utilizing Haymarket Plaza’s new projection-mapping technology. Food and beverages were available for purchase from Millennium Restaurant Group.

“We are excited to unveil Haymarket Plaza and celebrate its completion with the community,” said Treystar Partner and CFO Fritz Brown. “This is truly a one-of-a-kind space within our community. It will be a fantastic way to enjoy the arts, relax, and make connections."

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Haymarket Plaza was initiated as a result of the construction of Catalyst Development’s 275,000-square-foot, mixed-use project adjacent to Treystar’s Main Street East commercial development on the 200 block of Michigan Avenue.

The two projects share a public alley, formerly known as Ihling Alley, stretching some 350 feet from Edwards Street westward before ending at The Haymarket Building.

Designed by TowerPinkster Architects with assistance from Kingscott Associates, Haymarket Plaza features a snow-melt system, decorative concrete, lighting, Landscape Forms furniture, an open area designed for entertainment and/or food trucks, and an outdoor seating area for food/beverages. Four projection-mapping projectors are included to display art, announcements, and entertainment on the northeast elevation of the Haymarket building in the evenings.

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