Emmons applauds grant for community development in downtown Edmore

Sen. Judy Emmons

Sen. Judy Emmons

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons announced on Tuesday that the village of Edmore will see new investments and developments downtown thanks to a recently approved state grant.

The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has approved a $625,875 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the Edmore Marketplace in downtown Edmore.

“This grant will help Edmore revitalize their downtown and attract new jobs and new economic opportunities to the community,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “This is outstanding news for the people of Edmore, and I applaud the local leaders for working together with state officials to make this redevelopment possible. As a result of their cooperative effort, a blighted historic building will be restored to productive use as a year-round, indoor multipurpose marketplace and activity center.”

The project will also include the construction of an outdoor farmers market. It will generate a total investment of $870,000 and create 66 jobs. Edmore has committed a local match of $244,125.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of the MSF, administers 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.