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Centertown awarded big bucks

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:31 PM

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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