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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The announcement by Alamo Drafthouse to renovate the Rave Theatre complex into their special brand of Movie experience is just the latest bit of good news to come out of downtown Kalamazoo.

The plans for the 8-story Exchange across from the Radisson Plaza are delayed but still in the works, and efforts to recycle the old Gazette building into a new multipurpose structure are just some of the projects in the pipeline downtown.

The first tenants both retail and residential have moved into the Old Corporation Hall on the Mall.

WMU is turning one of the old Pfizer research buildings into a new medical school.

The Historic 100 block of East Michigan has all been renovated for retail and residential use, and is now called the Metropolitan Centre.

Further down the road and still in the conceptual stage, entrepreneur Ryan Reedy says he has plans for a glass tower in downtown Kalamazoo. A building that would have multiple uses combining a hotel, residential, office and dining facilities all in one sleek glass structure on the

East Side of the downtown near his other businesses at Michigan and Pitcher.

He says that could be three to five years out depending on financing and other considerations.