One of the projects will renovate an abandoned armory into office space. The other, is construction of a new animal feed mill.
Justin Horvath is President and CEO of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership. He says the Michigan Strategic Fund approved the Community Revitalization Program.
“CRP program that the state offers is really focused on, you know turning particularly downtown buildings particularly historic buildings into something of value you know one of the challenges is you know it does cost you know a fair amount of money to rehabilitate these older historic structures.”
Horvath says the projects could create more than 50 new jobs, and more than $19-million in capital investment.
The projects are expected to be completed within the next year.
The Michigan DNR has awarded one-and-a-quarter million dollars to 7 projects through its Aquatic Habitat Grant Program.
Friends of the Shiawassee received the single largest donation, $365-thousand, for their dam removal project.
Gary Burk is the Board Director for the Friends, he says the project is important for a number of reasons.
“We were actually approached by the State as to whether we could be a local agency to help direct grant dollars and project management for the removal of that dam. There’s a number of reasons for the removal. It’s a deteriorated structure, and we’d like to restore connectivity to the river. Plus, there have been some drownings at the dam.”
For a full list of the projects that were awarded grant money from the DNR visit their website here.