2017-05-18 / Business

Vicks, guests ‘break ground’ on Northern Michigan Banquet and Event Center


FUTURE HOME OF THE NMBEC (Above) Mark Vick welcomes guests to a ceremonial ground breaking at his family’s future Northern Michigan Banquet and Event Center (NMBEC), to be located on Stone School Road, Houghton Lake. The facility will offer sports events and be available for weddings, banquets and community functions. Pictured are (left to right) Theresa Vick, contractor Mel Sajdak, Mark Vick, his son, Mark Vick and Lucas Vick. Not pictured is Sarah Vick. (Below) The Vicks, accompanied by their guests, break ground with a ceremonial shovel, which everyone was invited to sign. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) FUTURE HOME OF THE NMBEC (Above) Mark Vick welcomes guests to a ceremonial ground breaking at his family’s future Northern Michigan Banquet and Event Center (NMBEC), to be located on Stone School Road, Houghton Lake. The facility will offer sports events and be available for weddings, banquets and community functions. Pictured are (left to right) Theresa Vick, contractor Mel Sajdak, Mark Vick, his son, Mark Vick and Lucas Vick. Not pictured is Sarah Vick. (Below) The Vicks, accompanied by their guests, break ground with a ceremonial shovel, which everyone was invited to sign. (Photo by Cheryl Holladay) Community leaders and business representatives supported the Vick family of Houghton Lake by attending a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new banquet and sports facility called the Northern Michigan Banquet and Event Center (NMBEC).

Mark Vick, his son and daughter, Mark and Theresa Vick, and grandchildren, Lucas and Sarah, welcomed the public May 12 at the future location of the facility, 7784 Stone School Rd., Houghton Lake.

The Vicks are planning to open the 19,200-square foot center sometime this year. The architectural work was done by Intelligent Design, LLC, and the contractor is Mel Sajdak. Work is expected to start in the next month, Sajdak said. The Vicks said they will make it a priority to use local sub-contractors.

Vick said he is the owner, while his son will be the general manager.

“It’s gonna be a family thing,” he said.

After the center is up and running, it will employ the equivalent of 12 fulltime employees, he said.

Vick said he had looked at other properties around Houghton Lake, including the empty Carter’s building and Hub Supermarket. However, after Roscommon Township put the property up for sale (it had intended to put a new fire hall there), he drove by it and thought, “This might be perfect.”

Offered at the NMBEC will be basketball, volleyball and soccer events and trainings, as well as weddings and banquets. The hall has capacity for more than 400 people. In addition, an in-house DJ service, provided by Joel Smith, will be available, Vick said.

“It’s a big project,” he said, one that will benefit the whole area.

Vick said Houghton Lake is “an excellent area to live in” and that he and his family received assistance from Chemical Bank, government officials and the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re coming back,” he said of Houghton Lake, adding that he sees people investing in the town. “I’m glad you’re here today.”

Vick’s son, Mark, said they have been planning the center “for years.”

“This is an emotional day,” he said.

He said the NMBEC will be able to accommodate small or large groups and a diverse range of events.

“When someone says ‘can we…’ I hope to be able to say yes,” he said.

The center is located on 4 1/2 acres that has 30,000 square feet of green space.

“It’s more than just a building. It’s not just a banquet hall or a gym,” he said. “This is a community facility, owned by the Vick family.”

Following remarks from Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Akin and Rep. Daire Rendon (103rd District), the Vicks gathered up their guests for a ceremonial groundbreaking. They asked their guests to sign the shovel so it may be displayed.

The NMBEC does not yet have a website or phone number, but inquiries may be made at hlnmbec@gmail.com or (248) 841-5003.

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