Our historic grain elevator was built in 1873 and by 2004 it was not hard to see that the structure was in dire need of some TLC. The building was actually going to be torn down at one point. However, an agreement was reached and plans were drawn up for a lease with an option to buy, between the DDA and a partnership consisting of Mike Fritz (representing Michigan Summer Blueberries, Inc.) and Bob Emmert.
The massive restoration effort was completed in 2009, and the Bangor Elevator is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The restoration was done in accordance with stringent requirements to ensure historical accuracy, and it received the Governor's Award for HIstoric Preservation in 2009.