Emmons applauds grant for community development along Old U.S. 27 in DeWitt

LANSING—Sen. Judy Emmons announced on Tuesday that Dewitt Charter Township will be able to remove additional blight along Old U.S. 27 and spur new investment and development in the corridor thanks to a recently approved state grant.

The Michigan Strategic Fund approved an $183,425 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for DeWitt Charter Township for the acquisition, demolition and rehabilitation of property along Old U.S. 27. The total project cost is estimated to be $366,850 with a 50 percent match from the community.

“This grant will help DeWitt revitalize a distressed area and attract new jobs and development to mid-Michigan,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “This is the result of a cooperative effort with state and local officials to return this property to productive use, improve safety and help bring about new economic opportunity in the community.

“I want to thank everyone who worked to help make possible this investment in mid-Michigan.”

The grant is made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) with funds provided by the federal CDBG program. It will help address blight and physical decay at 16164 Old U.S. 27, a property identified by DeWitt as key to its revitalization efforts.

The Michigan Strategic Fund, in cooperation with MEDC, administers the economic and community development portions of the CDBG program, which utilizes funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Each year, Michigan receives approximately $30 million in federal CDBG funds for various projects throughout the state. Funds are used to provide grants to eligible counties, cities, villages and townships (usually with populations under 50,000 people) for economic development, community development and housing projects.