Emmons applauds state grant for downtown Alma renovation

Sen. Judy Emmons

Sen. Judy Emmons

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons on Tuesday congratulated Alma College and Alma Opera Block, LLC for earning a state grant to transform some existing buildings in downtown Alma into residential housing.

“This is outstanding news for Alma residents and Alma College students,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “This performance-based grant will help us accomplish two goals: Revitalization of our communities and enhance the ability of our colleges to prepare Michigan students for success.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) approved a $1.5 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant to Alma College and Alma Opera Block, LLC to redevelop the Wright Opera Block in downtown Alma.

The renovated buildings will offer residential housing for Alma College students and include space for retail or commercial businesses on the first floor.

“The grant will pave the way for a total capital investment of $5.2 million in downtown Alma, create more than 40 full-time jobs and put historic buildings back to productive use as student housing and retail space,” Emmons said. “I applaud the local leaders for working together with Alma College and state officials to make this exciting opportunity a reality.”