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Vacant Holland Drive building to get new life as restaurant/tavern

SWARTZ CREEK — The Swartz Creek City Council is recommending the state Liquor Control Commission grant the city’s final liquor license to the new owners of the building formerly known as the Trecha Building in downtown Swartz Creek.

Dawn and Eric Jamison, owners of The Smoothie Shop in Carriage Plaza, purchased the cinderblock building at 5015 Holland Drive last year. In June, they took ownership of the adjacent home at 5017 Holland Drive.

“Our interest is in redeveloping downtown,” Eric Jamison said. “We want to bring people back. We’re not looking to compete with existing businesses. We’re looking to provide a nice dining experience downtown, a place to hang out, meet people and then maybe go to other places downtown.”

City Manager Adam Zettel said the Jamisons’ proposed use of the vacant former appliance store “makes a lot of sense and aligns with the Master Plan and Downtown Development Authority plan.”

City officials are eager to bring more hospitality businesses into downtown, especially in the vicinity of Holland Square, he said.

Jamison said the plan is still in the early phase of development.

Licensing and local regulatory processes could take up to two years.

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