The Village of Elk Rapids has been working over the past months with owners of four (4) downtown buildings, and representatives from NLEA and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to complete the necessary applications and steps for receipt of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The $213,340 in grant funds will assist in renovation of historic properties to remove instances of blight such as repairing brick and replacing siding, and installing new exterior doors and windows. These activities will be matched with $213,340 in private funding to complete activities including new awnings, interior renovations, and new roofs.
The participating buildings house the following businesses: Wildflower Soapworks at 117 River Street, Nature Connection at 137 River Street, Nifty Things at 144 River Street, and Starboard Inn at 110 Cedar Street. The renovations will occur over the next 24 months and project administration will be provided by NLEA staff. Stay tuned as progress occurs.