Facade grant application could benefit city

An application to obtain $358,018 in grant funding for facade improvements in Grand Haven has the potential to make a big change for the city. The city has submitted a grant application to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to rehabilitate properties at 115 Washington Ave. (Guitar Haven), 119 Washington, 210 Washington (Harbor Wear/Creative Fringe), 732 Washington, 735 Washington (Bekins Appliance) and 1118 Washington (Frank's Market).
Alex Doty
Aug 18, 2011

“It is a big potential visual impact,” said Dana Kollewehr, executive director of the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority. “It’s really fantastic to see there are property owners that are able to invest in their buildings.”

She said it was positive to see there was so much interest from business owners for facade grants.

“First impressions are impactful for customers,” Kollewehr said.

Scott Bekins, owner of Bekins Appliance and the 732 Washington Ave. property, said both of his projects have the possibility of making a dramatic improvement to the area.

“I think the two projects are pretty substantial for the city as a whole because they form the entrance to downtown and Centertown,” he said.

City Planner Kristin Keery said they should know more about whether the city was awarded grant funding at the end of the month.

“Aug. 24 is the (MEDC) board meeting, so I expect Aug. 25 we’ll hear the results from our (Community Assistance Team),” Keery said.

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