Grant sought for Harbor Drive improvements

Alex Doty • Apr 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM

City officials hope they’re on the successful end of a grant opportunity from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. that would bring about improvements for a stretch of Harbor Drive in downtown Grand Haven.

“City Council approved the application to move forward with the grant,” said Vester Davis, assistant to the city manager. “Our deadline to submit the application is April 7.”

The city has applied for just over $1.15 million in Community Development Block Grant funds through the Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (I.C.E.) program to fulfill a need to replace sewer, stormwater sewer and water utility lines on Harbor Drive (from Columbus Avenue to Franklin Avenue) to enhance the capacity of the service lines in a high-density, mixed-use area.

“We’re estimating an over $1 million project, with a 10 percent match from the city,” Davis said.

According to Davis, if approved, the $127,954.52 match would come from the city’s water/sewer and streets funds.

Citiy officials say the project would include replacing a 6-inch water main with a 12-inch main, a semi-abandoned 30-inch diameter sanitary sewer line would be removed and replaced by a 24-inch diameter pipe, and the storm sewer system would be replaced. A reconstructed roadway would be put on top of the underground utility work.

The project would enhance the capacity of infrastructure utilities by removing old, failing infrastructure and accomplish a high-priority project listed in the city’s Capital Improvement Plan, city officials say.

“These I.C.E. grants are very competitive,” Davis said. “Hopefully, we’re successful at that grant opportunity.”

The MEDC reviews each grant proposal and assigns a score based on the applicant's ability to meet both eligibility and priority criteria set by the agency.

There are a total of 75 points available, and after reviewing their application, city officials say they feel that there is a high probability for Grand Haven to be selected as a recipient.

“There’s a timeline that they issue for all applicants while they’re reviewing applications,” Davis said.

Project grant applications need to be submitted to the state by April 7. Successful projects will be recommended to the Michigan Strategic Fund Board in September.

If the city is successful in receiving the grant, construction would start in July 2018 and need to be finished by Dec. 31, 2019.

“You have to expend those funds prior to that and have the project completely wrapped up by that date,” Davis said.

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