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Cheboygan gets $200K for downtown blight demo project

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on August 11, 2017 – 12:36 amNo Comment

Cheboygan County is 1 of 19 municipalities across Michigan receiving a portion of $3.6 million in funding for residential and commercial blight demolition projects.

The grants are coming through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Earl Poleski is the Executive Director of the authority and said, “An investment in blight elimination is an investment in the future of our great state.  These blight grants will trigger economic growth and improve public safety in towns and neighborhoods from the U.P. to southeastern Michigan.”

Cheboygan County will use its $200,000 grant to tear down two blighted commercial buildings in downtown.  After demolition a portion of the site will be paved for additional parking for Festival Square, the Cheboygan Opera House and for food trucks to use during special events.  The city is also exploring using the property for pop-up shops.

The Housing Development Authority received 36 funding requests from across the state, totaling nearly $6.2 million.  Grants were awarded through a competitive application process.

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