On behalf of the city of Iron River, Mayor Tarry Tarsi receives a check for $559,000 from Jen Tucker of Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Taking part in the ceremony were (front row, from left) Tucker, Tarsi, Iron River City Councilman Edward Marcell and Iron County Chamber of Commerce Director Bob Black. Back row: Iron River City Councilman Bill LaRock; City Manager Perry Franzoi; State Rep. Scott Dianda; Marty Fittante on behalf of State Sen. Tom Casperson; and Rob Anderson of GEI Consultants, contract engineers for the city of Iron River. (Chamber photo)
IRON RIVER—The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Michigan Strategic Fund has awarded $4,472,531 in Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) program funds to Iron River and eight other Michigan communities for public infrastructure improvements.
“Improving our downtowns will help ensure the continued vitality of communities and strengthen our ability to attract and retain young professionals and small businesses,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.
Iron River will receive a community development block grant of $559,000, which will cover over two-thirds of the $804,000 project. The city will use the funds to reconstruct its streetscape by adding pedestrian facilities, benches, bike racks, street light systems, filtration planters and tree beds.
The city plans to repair and replace parts of its downtown water main, fire hydrants and service lines. The project also includes completely resurfacing the street and sidewalks to make the area more walkable.
Other communities receiving awards are the cities of Croswell, Grand Haven, Hart, Imlay City, South Haven, Tawas City and the villages of Fowlerville and Lyons. The communities will provide a total of $3.35 million in matching funds.
All of the projects are located in traditional downtowns, will be completed within one year and will incorporate innovative design elements.
“The DIG program is an important resource that helps communities promote new business development and job creation,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “We are pleased to work with city officials to make these projects a reality.”
DIG, a Community Development Block Grant program, provides public infrastructure improvement funding to projects located in a traditional downtown. The program is intended for Michigan non-entitlement communities, specifically low to moderate income communities that do not receive funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Projects must benefit the entire community to be eligible for the funding.
The MEDC Community Assistance Team members, along with state legislators, held check presentations in each of the communities.