Development continues in Alpena despite pandemic

Development projects continue to pop up in the Alpena area despite the ongoing cornavirus Pandemic, and the housing market also continues to be very strong.

That’s according to Michael Mahler, Economic Development Director for the local chamber of commerce and Target Alpena. Mahler provided city council this week, with an overview of Target’s activities from July through December 2020.

Mahler was busy during that time, administering COVID-19 grants from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to small businesses across the region. He has also been working with some developers on possible future projects. That includes the same developer Alpena Public Schools is working with to bring an Aldi grocery store to town. Mahler was unable to divulge details except to say it is a potential retail project. He said there are various other projects in early exploration stages.

Mahler also said the housing market in northeast Michigan remains strong and continues to attract people from outside the area. In fact, he said it is the strongest market he has seen since moving here in 1997.

The city pays Target Alpena $40,000 annually for economic development services and activities.