Centertown improvement makes sense

At long last, business and property owners of Centertown will be seeing some improvements coming their way.
Mar 28, 2014

Grand Haven City Council finally gave their stamp of approval to an infrastructure and streetscape project that will cost just over $1 million.

This project is long overdue and will go a long way in making Centertown a viable part of the Grand Haven community, and a welcome entrance into the city’s business district.

Property and business owners will benefit from new water and sewer lines like those found in the recently improved downtown district, and they will also have an enticing entrance to the downtown business community. Couple that with a new street surface, new sidewalks and other visual improvements, and it is sure to make this neighborhood a brighter spot for everyone.

It is great to see the city take this undertaking seriously and get the project done despite bids from contractors coming in much more expensive than the city had budgeted for it.

City officials rolled up their sleeves, sharpened their pencils and hit the books, seeing how they could make the project work in a revised scope instead of taking the easy way out and saying, “It costs too much — let’s just wait until another opportunity comes up.”

It’s good to see that city officials finally took action and approved this project.

Slated to be completed later this summer, we look forward to the fresh new look Centertown will get from this project.

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makes sense

Wait, wait! No community input? No blue ribbon panel? No extended time to review spending all this money?
You Tribune people want more time spent and people to look into the police consolidation issue, but spending millions on this is a done deal? Why the disparity? You guys don't make sense!


Last article I read here said the project was going to be completed in June. Now your saying later this summer (when ever that is). Which one is it?


Yeah sure, redo Washington street to make it nice. What about that crappy house and Key's driving school? The Steinbach Bros wont spent a penny to fix them up...

What's the point?


Good idea lets do it.Maybe the Bros. will join in!

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