Elk Rapids to receive blight elimination grant

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt applauded recent action by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) to help the city of Elk Rapids renovate historic downtown buildings.

The Community Development Block Grant of $213,340 will be used for blight elimination needed to renovate four historic structures in downtown Elk Rapids.

“I appreciate the continued support of the Michigan Strategic Fund to help restore and revitalize northern Michigan communities,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City.

According to the MSF, the buildings suffer from physical and structural deterioration, and the grant money will help restore the historic buildings, which will help brighten the community and potentially attract jobs and visitors to the area.

The MSF, in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, administers the economic and community development portions of the program, which is a federal grant program utilizing funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.