(LANSING) – A State grant has been awarded to the City of Sturgis as part of a development of three buildings in the downtown area.
State Representative Matt Lori says the $1.08 million Community Development Block Grant will help finance the West Chicago Road Development Project. The funds will be used to correct structural issues in and rehabilitate the dilapidated buildings, restoring their historical character.
The buildings are at 107, 109, 111 and 113 West Chicago Road and are owned by Gene Harrison. He plans to bring in a Wings Etc., restaurant along with some retail businesses and upstairs apartments.
Lori says projects like this help foster a healthier economy in small towns and create jobs that are sorely needed. Of the 50 jobs this project is expected to create, 26 will be dedicated to low to moderate income workers, providing a brighter future for them and their families.
Under CDBG Rules, the grant will be given to and administered by the City of Sturgis, who will contribute $150,000 toward the project by burying overhead electrical lines behind the building that will enhance the rear entrance.
Harrison says if everything goes according to schedule, he should be ready to open the restaurant in March 2015.