VanderWall applauds MEDC grant for Kalkaska

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Curt VanderWall on Tuesday applauded a Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) announcement approving a $3.47 million Community Development Block Grant for the village of Kalkaska to make improvements at the Railroad Square project site.

According to the MSF, the grant will help support the creation of an information center with electronic signage to market community events, a multi-purpose pavilion with restrooms and an incubator kitchen to expand the existing farmers market, a food truck court with a fire pit and covered gathering structure and limited façade improvements of the railroad department museum.

“This is great news for Kalkaska,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington, who attended the grant announcement. “Thanks to the generous support of the Michigan Strategic Fund, this grant will help change the face of downtown Kalkaska and make it that much more of an enjoyable place to live, work and visit. I appreciate the MSF’s continued commitment to investing in our state’s rural communities.”

According to the MSF, the Railroad Square project was the community’s early engagement into a proactive effort to eliminate a contaminated brownfield site in the heart of downtown Kalkaska.

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