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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug 9. 2013
Allegan PlacePlans Riverfront Project Now Available Online
Michigan Municipal League Posts Projects at Placemaking.mml.org
A plan and visual illustration outlining the possible future development of Allegan’s riverfront is now available on the web at placemaking.mml.org.
The Michigan Municipal League has posted the Downtown Allegan Riverfront Development project along with the PlacePlans projects from three other communities (Dearborn, Alpena and Sault Ste. Marie). You can check them all out here: http://placemaking.mml.org/place-plans/ and download the final presentation for each project. PlacePlans is a joint effort between the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan State University supported by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and Governor Snyder’s MIplace Partnership. “These PlacePlans represent months of work by League, MSU and MSHDA staff, but more importantly they attempt to reflect the needs and wants of the local community members,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. “Each PlacePlan project went through an extensive community input and information gathering phase. Then MSU, League and MSHDA staff members took the vision of each community and turned them into visual illustrations and explanations of what can become reality.”
The PlacePlans work began in the fall of 2012 when the Michigan Municipal League put out a call for interest. With advisory input from MSHDA staff, projects were selected based on a number of criteria including potential for implementation and potential to support private sector investment in housing redevelopment. Four cities were chosen to serve as the pilot PlacePlans communities: Allegan, Alpena, Dearborn and Sault Sainte Marie.
The PlacePlans work was so successful and so well received by the participating communities that a new call for community applications will soon be announced, Gilmartin said. The multi-faceted Allegan plan includes an urban-style area for year-round events, including a splash pad in the summer and ice-skating in the winter. The plan is designed to create better access to the water, wider walkways for pedestrians and an indoor/outdoor shopping experience along the existing buildings.
Allegan Mayor Betty McDaniel said she is very proud of the PlacePlans work and is excited about the future for the community’s riverfront.
“We have the vision and now we are taking the next step by seeking the funding to make that vision happen,” McDaniel said, adding a riverfront development funding proposal is going to Allegan voters on Nov. 5. “In the near future our riverfront will further enhance the city’s natural beauty, utilize our current historic assets and jumpstart local economic development. The project would also support and maximize the potential of the regional festivals and events for which our city is known, including the July Three Jubilee, Oktoberfest and our summer weekend concert series.”
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