Downtown preservation eyed

Grand Haven officials say they are working to implement another round of façade improvement projects in the city's business districts.
Alex Doty
Feb 16, 2013

Dana Kollewehr, director of the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority, said city staff has been in contact with the state to determine project feasibility.

“We’ve asked for feedback to see what would be the highest probability of being funded,” she said.

Kollewehr noted that there are eight property owners who are interested in submitting applications. There are 11 addresses that would be impacted, she said.

“Six are in downtown and the remainder are in Centertown on Seventh Street.” Kollewehr said.

Public and private funds allowed for work at six properties in downtown, Centertown and Eastown early last year.

To help property owners with the process, Kollewehr said the city has set up several meetings and has helped them talk with experts at the state level about taking on these projects.

“I think initially, when someone is thinking about doing a project on their building, it might seem daunting or overwhelming at first,” she said. “It motivates property owners to move forward with projects at the back of the mind.”

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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