THE PINES MOTEL will be reopening in about a month. Renovations have been underway on the eastern 10-unit motel wing south of the closed Sunoco gasoline station and on the two-story 20-room wing on the west side of the property. The newer 10-unit wing will open in about 25 days, then the 20-unit wing after that.

Businessman Sam McClaren was able to acquire The Pines business name.

The Pines began as a drive-in restaurant more than 50 years ago, then the area for carhop service was enclosed when indoor seating was added, then a liquor license and banquet facilities plus the first motel wing directly to the south. The west wing was eventually added near what had been Quality Farm & Fleet, later the home of Carter Lumber. The eastern wing was later added.

Operations changed hands and eventually closed, then the restaurant and banquet areas were demolished along with the original motel wing. There were ownership changes since then until Sam McClaren acquired initially some of the property, then more of it.

He purchased the former Carter Lumber building to the west, renovated it and leases it to the state for the Michigan Secretary of State and other state offices. This was the view July 8, 2004. (Independent File Photo/STEPHANIE KOLP)

The Pines Reopening was last modified: August 17th, 2015 by Karen Elford