They undoubtedly wish that thousands of people would be among the first to see the Center Street improvements in downtown South Haven this Memorial Day Weekend, but during the pandemic, they’re just happy to see the project complete. They are the members of the South Haven City Council and the Board of Directors of the Downtown Development Authority.
They were joined by local State of Michigan elected officials and city staff this morning as the official ribbon cutting took place on the nearly $3.5-million project.
Grant assistance for the public streetscape improvements comprised 25-percent of the project in the amount of $871,000, funded by the Michigan Strategic Fund with Community Development Block Grant dollars. Other funding sources which funded infrastructure, include USDA, Drinking Water Revolving Fund, Sewer Revolving Fund, and the DDA. The total project cost is estimated to be $3,469,083.
The consulting firm of Abonmarche, Inc. and Kalin Construction complete the team that crafted the broad new improvements.
The Center Street improvement project finishes the infrastructure and streetscape improvements in the central downtown. Other improvements on bordering streets in South Haven are forthcoming as funding opportunities arise, according to City Manager Brian Dissette.