“It is a really super program to help for economic development in local communities,” said Sam Janson, assistant to the city manager.
The locations of the projects are 115, 119, 210, 732, 735 and 1118 Washington Ave.
Scott Bekins, owner of the Bekins Appliance store in Centertown and the properties at 732 and 735 Washington, said work is under way at both of his projects.
At 732 Washington Ave., the project will include a new block exterior, tile and a mahogany canopy. New signage and lighting will be included. Private investment includes an addition to the west side of the building for eight new offices that will give room for employees.
Across the street at 735 Washington, work is going into making an abandoned brick building leasable business space.
“Without (the grant), that old brick building would have been torn down,” Bekins said.
Work includes repair and painting the north brick façade; and new front doors, windows, awnings, lighting and signage. The east façade would receive new brick face with storefront doors and windows, awnings, lighting and signage.
Bekins said work at both properties will transform the entrance to Washington Avenue are off U.S. 31 and provide a dramatic gateway into the Grand Haven business district.
Bekins said he is hoping to have the work completed in July or August on both projects.
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