Centertown awarded big bucks

The city of Grand Haven’s giant check came in for funding for the Washington Avenue Downtown linkage project, a project aimed at improving Centertown.
Alex Doty
Apr 26, 2013


On Friday, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation presented the city with a $711,449 check for funding the project, which will take place from U.S. 31 to the railroad tracks.

“I’m just excited to see Washington Avenue improved in Centertown,” Mayor Geri McCaleb said. “It is going to be a boon for everything we do.”

The project totals $948,599 with the city contributing just 25 percent of the total cost. City officials hope to get started this fall or early next spring.

“This is a great investment to the gateway to the city,” McCaleb said, noting that the work will hopefully entice people to get off of Beacon Boulevard and onto Washington Avenue to enjoy shopping, dining and other establishments.

Once completed, Centertown will have new water lines, improved sanitary and storm sewer lines, a Harbor Transit bus stop, as well as new streetscape improvements, including more than 30 new trees, new light posts, benches and other amenities.

“For me it is just incredible,” Downtown Development Authority Chairman Dale Kwekel said. “For us to get a grant like this is a testament to what we’ve done before and the faith the state has in us.”

Grand Haven was one of nine projects selected out of an application pool of 43 municipalities. A total of about $4.4 million was divided up between the nine communities.

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Don't ask any of the teachers and school personnel that have just gotten their pink slips if they feel our money is being managed properly and put to good use.


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