In 2014, the city of Cadillac applied for MIplace Partnership help from the Michigan Municipal League (MML). They wanted to make the downtown’s Heritage Plaza a more inviting and exciting place for visitors and residents, while reflecting Cadillac’s true character. The PlacePlan took community input, design ideas, and a study of the area’s assets to make a customized plan for downtown Cadillac. The area was rebranded as Cadillac Commons as part of this process. It comprises of the Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion, The Plaza, The Trailhead, and The Market.
The Market, a 6,000-square-foot pavilion style multi-purpose space, is the final piece of a series of improvements recommended by Cadillac’s PlacePlan. Prein&Newhof was hired to complete the site design and development for the Plaza.
Residents of Cadillac gathered on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 to celebrate the project’s completion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Market is now home to Cadillac’s community markets, such as the traditional Cadillac Farmers’ Market and the Cadillac Made in Michigan Artisan and Farm Market.
Construction began at the end of 2017 and finished in May of 2019.