The grant enables communities to improve their downtown infrastructure quality while reducing local costs, thereby making the project feasible.
“It is through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation,” City Manager Pat McGinnis said. “They’re administering the money.”
Centertown is located on Washington Avenue, bordered on the west by Sixth Street and the east by Beacon Boulevard, and Seventh Street between Franklin Avenue and Beacon.
“There’s $3 million available statewide on a competitive basis,” McGinnis said. “Our grant went in (Dec. 20).”
Out of the statewide pot of money available, Grand Haven is asking for $750,000. It would be used to match the city’s $250,000 contribution for a $1 million infrastructure project.
“For every dollar we spend, we get three back in a grant,” McGinnis said.
McGinnis said the $250,000 city match would come from the city’s water, sewer and street funds. He said that is money that would have been invested in Centertown at some point down the road.
Improving the functionality and appearance of Centertown is the primary goal of the project, making it more inviting and safer for visitors and residents in the surrounding neighborhoods. In addition to the utility upgrades, the project would including rebuilding the sidewalks and curbs, improving the lighting to match what's downtown, improving crosswalks, and updating street furniture.
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