What’s happening in Downtown Farmington? Plenty.

Downtown Farmington will buzz with activity over the next several months as public art moves in, properties change hands, and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) moves forward with some new events.

DDA Director Kate Knight mentioned these items during Monday’s Farmington city council meeting:

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Downtown Farmington canvas
An artist will be selected this month to create a mural on a blank wall in downtown Farmington. (Farmington DDA)

Public Art

Three David Barr sculptures – “Temple,” “Avenue,” and “Shift” – will soon be installed in Riley Park. Knight said some conservation work is underway on the pieces, which are on loan from the City of Novi. (Read more about the Barr legacy on the City of Novi website.)

Members of the city’s Public Art Committee this week reviewed applications for a new downtown mural program. The artist selected will create the mural on the side of a downtown building.

Rhythmz in Riley Park
A new Wednesday concert series joins Friday’s Rhythmz in Riley Park, bringing more live music downtown. 


A new Wednesday lunchtime concert series opens next month in Riley Park. Lunch Beats in Riley Park starts at noon on these dates:

  • June 6 – Jimi K
  • June 13 – Steve Taylor
  • June 20 – Sheila Landis & Rick Matle
  • June 27 – Carly Bins
  • July 11 – Mark Reitenga
  • July 18 – Maggie McCabe
  • July 25 – Al Carmichael
  • August 1 – Benny Edwards
  • August 8 – Sami Mei

On the heels of a successful event in April, a second Ladies Night Out has been added to the DDA’s November calendar. Downtown shops stay open late and offer samples, special deals, and refreshments.


The new owner of the former Grand Bakery & Cafe has plans to open a sushi restaurant in that building and a Japanese steakhouse in a new structure on the adjacent property. Both will have second floor condos; it’s unclear whether those will be owner-occupied or rentals. Total investment: $2.5 million.

The Groves Retail Center at Grove Street and Grand River recently changed hands. The sale means that the DDA will see new revenues from the current taxable value of the property, Knight said.

In other downtown development news:

Plans for facade improvements and outdoor seating at Sidecar Slider Bar, which is moving into the former Bellacino’s of Farmington space at Village Commons Mall, come before the city’s Planning Commission on May 14. RelatedSLIDER BAR HEADED FOR DOWNTOWN FARMINGTON

Officials have long awaited revised Maxfield Training Center plans, but the condo/townhouse development is not on this month’s Planning Commission agenda.


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