“The Beechtree project has been on our minds at the Department of Public Works for a very long time because we put in for funding for it 3-4 years ago,” Grand Haven Project Manager Julie Beaton said.
The city received a $500,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to offset costs associated with reconstruction of South Beechtree from Waverly Avenue south to Robbins Road. The city is responsible for the balance, estimated at $191,200.
“The $500,000 road reconstruction and sidewalk work are all the exciting parts,” Beaton said. “Anything with the roads and streets is grant eligible.”
Work outside of the scope of the grant involves installing new water, sewer and storm drain lines beneath the roadway. The city is responsible for 100 percent of the ineligible expenses related to utilities, which are currently estimated to total $800,000.
Related to the project will be the installation of a new sidewalk along Beechtree. This part of the project drew concern from some City Council members, who thought that the property owners there should be funding the sidewalk installation.
“If you build a brand new building, they put new sidewalk in at their expense," Councilman Dennis Scott said. "We’re giving them a sidewalk. I’ve never seen anyone get a free sidewalk and I’m not in favor of changing that.”
The project is scheduled to begin June 5.
The city will host a public open house later this month to discuss the planned project.
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