Third Street properties to be renovated, if Imlay officials approve


A new company has expressed interest in purchasing the three city-owned parcels on E. Third St. Nona’s Traditional Italian Recipes is hoping to strike a deal with the city. The facility would be used for a bakery and an event center, if the deal is made.

IMLAY CITY — Three city-owned parcels, located at 400 E. Third Street, are in the news once again.

A new developer has expressed interest in purchasing all three properties—the old fire hall, the former DPW and what is known as the old sign shop.

Imlay City DDA Director Christine Malzahn was to present a business plan and a “Letter of Intent” on behalf of Nona’s Traditional Italian Recipes to the city commission on Tuesday evening.

In the Letter of Intent, it is specified that the notification is establishing the basic terms to be used in a future purchase agreement between the Seller (Imlay City) and the buyer (Nona’s).

In the letter, the buyer has been made aware of and agrees to the $50,000 purchase price and has indicated if approved, the sale would be a cash deal.

It further states that after doing their due diligence in relation to inspections, the buyer is prepared to close within 10 days after acceptance of the full purchase agreement and after the 10-day due diligence period has passed.

In their business plan presented to the city commission, officials with Nona’s say they intend to develop the “site of the former fire station into an event space/bakery and commercial kitchen open to the public five days a week and available for events seven days a week.”

The document goes on to say, “space would be used to host events such as weddings, showers, parties and etc with food catered onsite from established Catering Chef Nona’s Traditional Italian Recipes.”

The commercial kitchen facility would be used for storefront bakery during the week for purchase of baked goods and specialty items.

The new business owners intend to conduct cooking classes, host tea and dinner parties, holiday events and other special gatherings. They also plan to have a year-round farm market, craft shows and holiday markets.

Once received, the company’s bar and liquor license will allow them to have several gatherings including “live entertainment, trivia night, live comedy and other after 5 p.m. entertainment.”

A project outline presented to the city commission included plans to: obtain the property, clean out and build out the fire hall, open fire station building for business, clean out the old DPW building, secure the DPW facility, open the DPW building for business and eventually demo the site at the old sign shop and have a paved parking lot in that area.

The business owners hope to“be completed (with Phase One) in two months.” Among the improvements planned for the old fire hall is a larger commercial kitchen, the addition of public restrooms and construction of a seating area for customers near the front of a newly renovated store front.

Phase Two work would include updating the DPW building with a fresh paint job and electrical improvements. According to the business plan, the former DPW building could be used for an extension of larger events taking place in the fire hall along with weekend space for antique shows, swap meets, flea markets and other functions.

Nona’s has been in the mixed use industry for the past five years, according to information provided to the commission. Company officials say Nona’s has built a following of customers over the past few years that attend her various markets and catered events throughout the area.

Nona’s Traditional Italian Recipes is based out of Lapeer.

Sage Creek Winery had also expressed interest in the property last year, but has since looked in to other business locations.