S. Saginaw Road Reconstruction

CCA streetscape rendering

Project Details

The S. Saginaw Road streetscape renovation project is the first phase of the overall Center City redevelopment project. Located in the heart of Center City, S. Saginaw Road will be reconstructed from Dartmouth Drive to Patrick Road and eight-food wide multimodal pathways will be created on both sides of this corridor to improve non-motorized and pedestrian access in the district. The project will also feature new, bold statement street lighting for pedestrians and vehicles, and add new horticulture enhancement that will make the corridor more beautiful and inviting for all. 

For more information on the Center City Redevelopment Project, click here.

Construction Updates

Section last updated April 17, 2023

Construction barrels and new 8-foot sidewalks on Saginaw Road

Following a brief hiatus due to winter weather, crews resumed Phase I of the Saginaw Road streetscape project in April 2023. Work is now underway to remove current sidewalks and replace with new 8-foot concrete pathways and street trees on the west side of the street from Eastlawn to Patrick. When this work is complete, final outlawn restoration on both sides of the road will begin. The entire project is estimated to be completed by mid-summer 2023.

Items completed to date include:

  • Tree removal on both sides of S. Saginaw Road
  • Completion of 8-foot concrete pathways on east side of Saginaw Road from Patrick to Dartmouth
  • Installation of street trees in designated areas east side of Saginaw Road from Patrick to Dartmouth
  • Completion of 8-foot concrete pathways on west side of Saginaw Road from Dartmouth to Eastlawn

Retro Boho Canvas  Subject Banners Opens in new window

But... what about the trees?

Small newly planted trees sit next to Saginaw Road

New street trees have been installed along the east side of Saginaw Road from Patrick to Dartmouth and will son be towering over our new streetscape! Plants included in this project:

  • Trees
    • Red Sunset Red Maple
    • Green Mountain Sugar Maple
    • European Hornbeam
    • Autumn Gold Gingko
    • Imperial Honeylocust
    • Scarlett oak
    • Red oak
    • Redmond Linden
    • Greenspire Linden
    • Green Vase Velkova
  • Grasses
    • Karl Foerster Feather Reed
    • Sapphire Blue Oat Grass
    • Maiden Grass
    • Shenandoah Switch Grass
    • Dwarf Fountain Grass

Current General Project Timeline

August 22 - October 13, 2022

During this time period, work will be concentrated on the northeast side of S. Saginaw Road, beginning at Patrick Road and moving toward Dartmouth Drive

  • Tree removal (east and west sides of S. Saginaw Road)
  • Pavement removal
  • Concrete installation
  • Electrical preparations
  • Planting
  • Outlawn restoration

October 14, 2022 - Summer 2023

During this time period, work will be concentrated on the northwest side of S. Saginaw Road, beginning at Dartmouth Drive and moving toward Patrick Road.

  • Pavement removal
  • Concrete installation
  • Electrical preparations
  • Planting
  • Outlawn restoration

Project Funding Sources

Initial funding round:

Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation - $1,000,000
City of Midland - $1,000,000
Dow Company Foundation - $500,000
Charles J. Strosacker Foundation - $ 300,000
USDA  Rural Business Development Grant - $117,000
Balance of $1M Dow grant (2017) - $777,412
Initial funding round total: $3,739,085

Second (matching) funding round:

Dow Challenge Grant - $500,000
Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation - $ 300,000
Midland Area Community Foundation - $100,000
Dow Employees Credit Union - $30,000
Huntington Bank - $25,000
Isabella Bank - $20,000
Horizon Bank  - $10,000
Mary Currie -  $15,000
Second funding round total: $1,000,000

Total project funding: $4,739,085

A schematic rendering of S Saginaw Road intersection with new pedestrian elements and lighting

Construction Timeline

Phase I of the S. Saginaw Road streetscape reconstruction began August 2022 and was halted in November 2022 due to poor weather conditions. Work has resumed as of April 2023 with an anticipated final completion date later this summer. Construction updates will be posted here, as well as shared on the City's Facebook and Twitter accounts and on the City of Midland construction updates page.

Want project updates delivered to you by email? Click the button below to sign up for the Center City email news list!

Preconstruction Planning Timeline

Click on the tabs below to see a complete list of actions taken by the Center City Authority Board and the Midland City Council related to the Center City streetscape reconstruction by year. All documents are PDF.

  1. 2018
  2. 2019
  3. 2020
  4. 2021
  5. 2022


July 2018: Midland City Council authorizes contract for development of the Center City Redevelopment Plan

Agenda item  |  Video link  

Strategic Vision & Oversight

Center City Authority Board

  • Joe Kozuch, Chair (Village Green)
  • >Linda Barth (Coldwell Bankers, Center City resident)
  • Jennifer Chappel (Midland County Habitat for Humanity)
  • Jeff Gandy (Property owner)
  • David Ginis (Ginis Goldsmiths)
  • Sharon Mortensen (Midland Area Community Foundation)
  • Alex Rapanos (Midland Towne Center)
  • Chris Schloemann (Domino’s Pizza)
  • Carol Stone (City of Midland)

Preconstruction Steering Committee

  • David Ginis (Owner, Ginis Goldsmiths)
  • Joe Kozuch (Owner, Village Green)
  • Mike Vezina (President/Owner, McCreadie Sales)