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City to apply for grant for NOAA project

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on December 7, 2017 – 12:56 amNo Comment

The Alpena Municipal Council has agreed to apply for a state grant that would enhance the grounds of the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, along the Thunder Bay River.

The funds are for the NOAA center and the city will be submitting the grant on NOAA’s behalf.

NOAA would also be responsible for matching funds on the grant, the city is only providing engineering services on the project.

The $182,500 project includes an outdoor auditorium, a presentation area, a canoe and kayak launch and some landscape improvements.  The auditorium would be used for both public and educational presentations.

The city applied for a grant for the same project in 2014 but was unsuccessful.  To make the application more attractive, the scope of the project has been scaled back with more emphasis on the use of local, potentially donated materials.

City engineer Rich Sullenger believes an announcement on the grant could come in February 2018.

Jeff Gray, superintendent of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary says construction could begin in late fall 2018, or early 2019, if the grant is received.

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