Accomplishments

Given time, a lot of small things can be accomplished leading to a number of big things. The accomplishments over the years paved the way for a number of things in the downtown area. Even with the limitations of Michigan Avenue downtown, it's those small things that tend to get the wheels rolling to the point where the downtown district went from six empty buildings downt to one.

Some of the following projects and accomplishments demonstrate those small and major successes.

Project #1

New sidewalk curb and gutter from Brown Street to Lake Street on the North side of Michigan Avenue helped to set off the campaign to restore the old Michigan Central Railroad Depot.

Date

1994

Total Cost

$80,000

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Project #2

Sewers throughout the Village completed in 1994 with an annual contribution commitment from the DDA totaling $1 million. In 1995, a contract with private parties extended the line into the Township to serve additional residences.

Date

1994

Total Cost

$2,925,000

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Project #3

New sidewalk, curb and gutter from Brown Street to Lake Street on the South side of Michigan Avenue.

Date

1996

Total Cost

$102,00

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Project #4

Michigan Avenue Street Lights East of Lake Street on both sides of the street.

Date

1998

Total Cost

$50,000

StreetLights

Project #5

Design Michigan brought its staff to Grass Lake to review the Village and its Downtown area. Receiving a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts for $6,500, the Village matched that amount and began looking at a number of design enhancements.

Date

2003

Total Cost

$13,000

Design Front

Project #6

The Brown Street rail crossing was on the list of liabilities that the Michigan Department of Transportation was interested in reducing. Ultimately, the crossing was removed with Brown Street relocated and newly constructed to connect to Lake Street just North of the Tracks. The expense was covered with a grant from the DOT and Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Date

2004

Total Cost

$112,000

BrownStreet

Project #7

Part of the review by the Design Michigan Program was the inception of a Chamber of Commerce organization. While the creation of the Chamber didn't cost us anything, a hearty capital contribution did get the Chamber underway.

Date

2004

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Project #8

The Blueprint for Downtown was put together by HyettPalma in a grant that was awarded to the DDA in 2005 along with the designation of the Village as a "Cool City Neighborhood". The Village and the DDA provided the matching funds to leverage the funding from the state.

Date

2005

Total Cost

DDA $7,500

Village $7,500

State $15,000

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Project #9

The Village and DDA worked hard on attracting the National Stock Outboard races to Grass Lake and succeeded in 2009, helping to establish Grass Lake as a destination for the Nationals Race.

That destination success was confirmed with the attraction of the Nationals race again in the Summer of 2012.

Date

2009

Total Cost

$5,500

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Project #10

Along with the races in 2009, the DDA helped to launch one of the most successful downtown street fairs ever held in the Village of Grass Lake. With a combination of the racers, car show cruise in, food and entertainment, the Grass Lake Traffic Jam'in brought more than 4,000 people to downtown spread across four blocks to represent the largest street celebration rivaling the last large event, the Village's Centennial in 1971.

Date

2009

Total Cost

$2,500

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