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Travel across Michigan to see some of the most stunning historic buildings in the state at different stages of construction, everything from small homes on Lansing’s Eastside to elaborate architecture in Coldwater. See how to take an old building and turn it into something new.

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1 Richard HoseyIntroduction by Richard Hosey, President of Hosey Development LLC

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Begin the journey in front of the David Whitney in downtown Detroit.

2 Comfort StationMichigan Historic Preservation Network

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What is historic preservation? Nancy Finegood at MHPN points out famous historic buildings in Michigan and showcases MHPN’s first redevelopment and current headquarters at the Comfort Station in Old Town Lansing.

3 DLBADetroit Land Bank Authority, Detroit

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The Boston-Edison Historic District is one of the largest historic districts in the nation. See two of the stunning affordable historic homes redeveloped by the Detroit Land Bank Authority in this area and find out what makes historic preservation worthwhile.

4 KerrKerr Building, Coldwater

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Take a flashlight-guided tour through this yet-to-be-redeveloped historic building in downtown Coldwater and hear about the development process from the “before” point of view. The Kerr Building is actually three buildings from different periods joined together and it is located right next to the historic Tibbits Opera House.

Durant HotelThe Durant, Flint

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This is the story of an iconic historic building in downtown Flint, and how it went from being vacant for 37 years to a completely revitalized popular place to live.

The Durant.

Bell BuildingNSO Bell Building, Detroit

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Visible from the John C. Lodge freeway in Detroit, the historic Bell Building was abandoned for some time before NSO redeveloped it into 155 permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless individuals. Inside is a gym, recreation room, exercise room, library, computer lab and more.

DaveDave Muylle, Lansing

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This is a great chance to see practical home restoration in action. Longtime Lansing builder Dave Muylle has been restoring homes for more than 30 years, and he took time mid-construction to show us around the Cottage Lane project on Lansing’s Eastside. It currently features three restored craftsman-style duplexes and the little home on Regent Street under construction in the video.

Dave received one of the first national Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Awards in March of 2013.

belle isleConclusion by Richard Hosey, President of Hosey Development LLC

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Episode ending, credits and outtakes.