GRAND BLANC — The City of Grand Blanc and Grand Blanc Township are among 15 communities in the I-69 Thumb Region receiving $2,000 grants from the state’s Placemaking Mini-Grant Program.
The grants are funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and administered by the I-69 Thumb Region partners. The program was established to help communities implement small, impactful projects that encourage and contribute to a stronger sense of place.
“The goal is to provide some financial support, by way of a grant, for local governments or nonprofits to do something that could have a positive ripple-effect in their communities,” said Tyler Rossmaessler, director of economic development at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, one of the seven partners of the I-69 Thumb Region.
The City of Grand Blanc will create two murals near the Grand Chalet Shoppes on east Grand Blanc Road. Grand Blanc Township will install a bicycle fix-it station and rest stop at Bicentennial Park.
In addition, the Friends of the Alley in Flint received a grant to beautify the undeveloped areas off Brush Alley, the lot adjacent to Cork on Saginaw. They will install fencing, paving and electrical outlets and the space will be used for small concerts and other social gatherings.
The I-69 Thumb Region is comprised of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission, Lapeer Development Corp., Sanilac & Huron County Economic Development Corp., Shiawassee Economic Development Corp. and Tuscola County Economic Development Corp.
Additional grants were awarded to Casco Township, the Cass City Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Corunna, Croswell, Laingsburg, Lapeer and Sandusky, the villages of Millington, North Branch and Pigeon, the Friends of the Port Hope Railroad, and Yale Public Schools.
Projects, overall, include signs, landscaping, benches, a kayak launch, decorative streetlights, flowers, bike racks, a charging station, pickleball courts and playground equipment. — L.R.