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      Groundbreaking kicks off $30 million redevelopment project

      Dozens came to celebrate Liberty Way, a $30 million project that will include over 130,000 square feet of mixed-use space. It's being built at the former site of the Sara Lee Bakery at 857 W. Washington Street in Marquette.

      â??They're building a 21st century structure in this area and cleaning up the site, so itâ??s very exciting for everyone involved,â?? said John DePetro, Mayor of Marquette.

      An underground heated parking garage, urban courtyard, and three new buildings are in the development plan. Myefski Architects designed the buildings to keep the theme of some historic buildings in the city while using local materials.

      â??Find a way to have this tie into the actual site, community, and character of architecture of some of the historic buildings, but yet do it in a way that would be a fresh and new approach,â?? said John Myefski, President of Myefski Architects.

      The project is also paving the way for a better economy.

      â??In terms of construction jobs, on any given day, thereâ??s 30 to 50 men and women working out here, as well as at least equal amount behind the scenes,â?? said Veridea Group President Bob Mahaney. â??As far as full-time permanent jobs, 100 to 200 depending on the composition of our tenants.â??

      The first project phase, a 28,406 square foot building is expected to be finished by October of 2013. Tenants will include The Veridea Group, Myefski Architects, and MBank.

      Phase two, a 90,000 square foot structure, with Staybridge Suites as the tenant, will be completed by the summer of 2014. The underground heated parking garage will also be constructed during this timeframe.