Grand Haven gets $1.17M for Harbor Drive project

Alex Doty • Oct 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM

A grant from the state will allow the City of Grand Haven to complete some much-needed work on utilities beneath Harbor Drive, between Columbus and Franklin avenues.

The city received a $1,171,615 Community Development Block Grant on Monday; which, along with $127,955 in local matching funds, will allow the city to cover costs for improvements to the water and sewer system, as well as Harbor Drive street work.

“We’ll break ground before July 2018,” said City Manager Pat McGinnis, noting that a considerable amount of work will happen that fall. “We’d like to get it wrapped up next fall.”

According to McGinnis, the project will repair and replace aging infrastructure beneath the street surface, which he said could be as old as 100 years.

“We’ve put a camera in it and looked at it, and it’s in dismal condition,” the city manager said, noting that there have been water line failures underneath the road, which have caused segments of Harbor Drive to be dug up for temporary repairs.

The state’s 2017 Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement grant program aims to accelerate economic development and assist low- and moderate-income communities in making improvements or upgrades to their existing public infrastructure. 

The Michigan Strategic Fund, with the administrative support of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., awards grants to eligible cities, villages and townships with populations of less than 50,000. Grants between $500,000 and $2 million were awarded to eligible communities on a competitive basis. Communities had to provide a minimum of 10 percent match and demonstrate a locally approved capital improvement plan. All projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2019.

Grand Haven is among 14 communities across the state awarded a total of $23.2 million in Community Development Block Grant Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement grants this year.

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