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Deal for former Alpena Power site falls through

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Representatives from Target Alpena and the Huron Humane Society provided the Alpena Municipal Council with semi-annual reports Tuesday night.

Mike Mahler, director of economic development for the local chamber of commerce represented Target Alpena and dropped a bit of a bombshell when he announced that a potential sale of the former Alpena Power Company site in downtown has fallen through, and a deposit of $5,000 returned to the developer. Mahler said the company determined the project was “not viable.”

The sale of that property and the redevelopment of the former antique mall in downtown are two priories on Mahler’s list. He said he continues to meet with developers to discuss other opportunities in Alpena. Target receives $40,000 annually from the city for economic development.

Meanwhile, the Huron Humane Society took in 551 animals in 2019, down from 621 the previous year. However, 348 of the cats and dogs were from the city, an increase of 30 animals from 2018.

The final numbers are still being tabulated, but it appears the average cost to care for an animal went up from $406 to approximately $461. The financial health of the organization was not revealed because an audit of the books is underway. The group promised to share the results with council at a future date.

The humane society has asked for an annual subsidy from the city of $20,000, an increase of $3,000. Council agreed to the increase in July, 2019.