The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

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Repurposing a State Facility for Good
This is an old state hospital that is being converted to a shopping and dining destination. Growing up, I was familiar with it when it was an abandoned facility - though, not as a committed resident - and I recently returned to visit. What I enjoyed was that the grounds were still in transition. Many of the less-than-polished buildings stood out at you just as the remodeled buildings did. I got a sense that the conversion was genuine and deliberate and not just an attempt to hide an old, unsightly mental institute.
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