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Business Coming to Vacant New Baltimore Building

The former Soundwaves building on Green and Washington streets will be occupied.

A prominent vacancy at the entryway of New Baltimore's historic district will be filled by a new business, according to city officials.

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Mayor Larry Smith told the crowd at the annual Thursday morning of the plans for the empty blue building that used to be Soundwaves. That business has since relocated to Hall Road.

"The Soundwaves building on 23 Mile and Washington happily has been purchased with another new business coming in," Smith said.

Director of Planning and Economic Development Judy Sproat said the business will sell tires. No further details were immediately available Thursday.

The building made news in July when there was a . The flames did not destroy the structure.

Smith, during his address about the city, boasted a budget surplus in the community, initiatives to enhance the downtown and other slated new businesses, such as and a . He also pointed to the city offering police station space to St. Clair County Sheriff's Office and Michigan State Police and community growth over the past decade.

"We're going to make this a destination," he said of the city.

During the chamber meeting, Chesterfield Township Supervisor Michael Lovelock also spoke of .

l.c. September 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM
A tire store coming, great that will help downtown, NOT. Would have been nice to see a cafe or some sort of store. Let's hope some of the other vacant stores get something to help the downtown area grow.
Jemjee September 06, 2012 at 08:53 PM
...and nothing says "destination" like a tire store.
krissy September 06, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Unbelievable! I can see the alley being blocked and lots of trash and used tires for the rodents to live in!
krissy September 06, 2012 at 11:36 PM
A cafe or bike shop....how about a deli or sandwich shop? A tire store???? Really? That won't last long!
Maximus Max September 07, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Any port in a storm...nothing says "destination" like vacancy...
petey September 07, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Yippee,a tire store,how classy!I'm sure people will be flocking here to visit our town,now!
Tammi September 07, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Are we all supporting the businesses that are currently downtown? Do you make it a point to head down there each week to shop, dine, have beauty services? businesses don't close because they are too busy :)
Maximus Max September 08, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The answer of course Tammi is a resounding no. A drug store once existed down there, had been there for 100 years. A Wallgreens bought the old bar on the corner to build something new and exciting. How long did the old drug store last after that. Not to mention not one but TWO CVS's within 4 miles of each other. There is no support for local business/families. Our own individual budgets are all that concern us in these glory days on our way to totalitarian socialism. I'm sure your all just going to love it.
Jewelz4USA September 10, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I have simply shake my head, because I'm sure those "downing" a tire store at the location are also complaining about their taxes and why businesses won't stay in the city. I agree, it isn't a "destination" type business, but keeping the building vacant is really beneficial to the area! As stated, no further info on the business was known, so is this "tire store" a small service garage? I just love how people will speak their 1 1/2 cents (because it surely isn't worth 2) with nearly no information.

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