Downtown restoration

A façade grant program in Grand Haven changed the landscape of several buildings along Washington Avenue, and officials are looking at further improvements.
Alex Doty
Oct 1, 2012


Grand Haven officials recently met with downtown owners to gauge interest in doing a second round of façade improvement projects.

“I think the impact the past grant had was hugely significant,” City Planner Kristin Turkelson said. “I think they were great examples of what these programs can do.”

Earlier this year, the state provided Grand Haven with a total of $358,018; while private funds accounted for $461,968 for work at six properties in downtown, Centertown and Eastown.

The locations of the projects are 115, 119, 210, 732, 735 and 1118 Washington Ave.

Grand Haven Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Dana Kollewehr said they are excited for the potential for a second round of grants, as having façade projects done adds value to the business district.

“It does entice people to enter the building that's there because it’s welcoming and inviting,” Kollewehr said. "It really is so impactful, and it’s good to see people want to invest in their buildings."

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Our tax dollars hard at work updating downtown facades? This is legit?


Another example of gov't wasteful spending during tough economic times. Another reason to fight higher taxes, it gets spent on projects such as this that are not essential and are the BUSINESSES expense, not taxpayers.


News flash. The businesses in question pay taxes too. And I'd rather see something done like this to help the town as a whole.

No One Special

Welfare comes in many forms. I'm about to chuck it and become one of the 48%. I'll let someone else do the work. Why bust my back so government can give it away and everyone else spend it?

Tri-cities realist

Well I hope you don't, but at some point you wonder if anyone will want to work anymore. Which is why we need to correct things, before the non-payers become the majority. Scary thought.


358,000.00$ and some change. This is what the state provided to make the front of a couple of building more attractive. How about paint and make pretty your own dang you know how many hungry children that could feed? How much it could help ensure families get to stay in their homes instead of foreclosing by just making a payment or two for them? How many classes people could take to better the livelihood of their families? We could go on for days. This disgusts me b


I agree that the building owners should spruce up their own building but...why should the state or anyone else pay for mistakes other people make? There should be no such thing as the state or fed gov. paying rent, food, utilities, disability or any other expense for people. It is not their job to that. How is it our fault that someone did not plan accordingly or didn;t save money while they had a job, or bought a house they could not afford!!! people that feel entitled tick me off!


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