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VanderWall applauds $2M state grant for Ludington

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Curt VanderWall on Tuesday applauded a Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) announcement approving a $2.12 million Community Development Block Grant for the city of Ludington for public facility improvements to the James Street Plaza/Legacy Park project downtown.

The project will include a permanent pavilion, year-round bathroom structure, fireplace and rain garden.

“This is great news. The project is expected to transform a temporary town square on a closed one-way street into a four-season active community and recreational space,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “The community will benefit from increased outdoor, year-round recreational and cultural activities.”

VanderWall said the project also will acknowledge the city’s maritime and lumbering heritage and honor the three Native American tribes that first settled the area.

The city anticipates the project will spur increased private investment and additional economic activity within the downtown. The city plans to contribute $389,710 toward the project.

The MSF, in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, administers the economic and community development portions of the CDBG program. CDBG is a federal grant program utilizing funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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