Alpena receives large grant for Culligan Plaza

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Alpena, in partnership with the Downtown Development Authority and Target Alpena, has received a $991,995 Public Gatherings Spaces Initiative Grant to help pay for a complete renovation of Culligan Plaza and a new restroom facility downtown.

In addition to the state grant, the Alpena Municipal Council has committed a 10% cash match of $118,555, $20,000 from the Alpena County Youth and Recreation Commission grant, and a donation of $100,000 from the First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation.

It is estimated the project will cost about $1,185,550.

In a press release, Alpena City Manager Rachel Smolinski said Alpena firmly believes that the rejuvenated Culligan Plaza will not only benefit its residents but also contribute to the economic development of the downtown area by drawing more people to the heart of the city.


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