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“Great place for people who like historical buildings being preserved and renovated” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
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Owner description: Old state asylum that is being renovated into shops, restaurants, wineries, and more...lots to look at, including tons of trails to walk, bike, ski, etc.
Largo, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Great place for people who like historical buildings being preserved and renovated”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

It is so nice to see this old state asylum being renovated and turned into useful shops and condos. While it is still a work in progress, you can see the potential as you drive up around the old barns and see pictures of what the plans are for each building and area. The dairy barn will be a beautiful indoor venue for weddings, parties, and all wood interior. The outside area will be the future home for outdoor concerts and venues with an amphitheater and tiered levels to place lawn chairs in to enjoy concerts. There are a variety of restaurants, small (expensive) boutiques in the Mercato section that has been refurbished. I recommend taking the elevators up to the upper floors that are mostly offices, but just to look at the architecture of the building with the high ceilings, and the exquisite baseboard molding that curves around the walls. Just beautifully done. They offer tours of areas of renovation, areas under construction, an old cottage that used to house patients, and the infamous underground tunnels. Must be 12 or older, kids must be with adults. $25/person for a roughly 2 hour tour. Make reservation via their website. I was bummed we missed the Underground Cheesecake factory by 5 minutes. We did get coffee and pastry at a bakery that cooks in a brick oven. One of the shops in the Mercato section has gelato and Moomer's ice cream, plus a nice assortment of chocolates and other items such as jams, honey, etc. from various local merchants. You can see walking the grounds the potential of this area as a future destination spot in Traverse City. Gardens, parks, playground areas, walking/biking paths, etc.

Visited July 2014
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Traverse City, Michigan
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166 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Preservation and Eclecticism”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

In the 1880s, the Village opened as Michigan's third largest psychiatric hospital. With the advent of changes in mental health, it was closed in 1989 and scheduled to be demolished. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, these buildings are slowly being renovated and repurposed. It is a delight and eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, housing, and professional offices. You will want to stop and visit the shops or the many civic events that are held on its grounds. Come to the "spires" (old air exchange vents) and celebrate historic preservation and repurposing at its best.

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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687 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 835 helpful votes
“Old state asylum converted into condos, office, and mall spaces!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

PROS: ample parking; massive historically restored buildings; diverse shops along with restaurants in the basement level;

CONS: can be boring for kids; the shops are mostly catered to mid to high economic class couples

Visited June 2014
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Michigan
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58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Fun Place to Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Lot of shops and restaurants and best of all the old architecture of the old State Hospital and grounds. Do the walking tour, it is wonderful.

Visited June 2014
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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

We stopped here while in town. The thought of an old insane asylum turned into shops and restaurants was intriguing. The architecture of the buildings was awesome. We at at a little coffee shop called Cuppa Joe. Sandwiches were good. Cute shops. Confusing layout of the whole place. There seemed to be more buildings but we weren't sure if you could go in them. It was worth the stop to check it out. Probably would not return though.

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