Ishpeming facade grant moves forward

MARQUETTE – The Marquette County Board completed a couple more steps Tuesday in furthering a Community Development Block Grant application on behalf of the city of Ishpeming for facade improvements to several downtown businesses.

The panel unanimously approved a resolution authorizing submission of the grant application and having Marquette County administrator Scott Erbisch sign the application and grant agreement on behalf of the county.

Board Chairman Gerald Corkin said the county is facilitating the grant process for the city, which already has a project ongoing using Community Development Block Grant funding.

The federal grant money being applied for would fund exterior improvements to seven downtown Ishpeming buildings. The property owners will match the $1,023,161 in federal funds requested with at least $664,792 in private investments and at least $8,400 from the city of Ishpeming.

The Ishpeming addresses where the improvements would take place include 112 South Main Street, 120 South Main Street, 115 East Cleveland Avenue, 308 East Cleveland Avenue, 121 South Main Street, 101 North Main Street and 107 East Canda Street.

The county board voted 5-0 to approve the resolution. County civil counsel Stephen Adamini said Commissioner Paul Arsenault is part of a limited liability corporation associated with one of the businesses slated for facade improvement. As such, Arsenault will have no involvement with the grant application process, Adamini said.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.