downtowns

  • Do you have enough downtown parking?

    Do you have enough downtown parking?

    October 24, 2016

    By Kimberly Jongsma, Public Outreach and Planning Specialist Finding a place to park is often an issue in downtowns, especially during events. The first solution most people think of is to add more spaces and lots, but making convenient “free” parking a sole priority can decrease a downtown’s vibrancy. There is such a thing as too much parking (think of Kmart lots). […]

  • Harrison scores $598,000 downtown grant

    Harrison scores $598,000 downtown grant

    March 11, 2014

    The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) presented the City of Harrison with a Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG) of $598,000 for a four-block downtown streetscape. Prein&Newhof will design the streetscape to beautify downtown Harrison and calm traffic. P&N plans to design the project this spring and summer so construction can start after Labor Day. MEDC anticipates […]

  • MEDC plans to offer downtown infrastructure grants again in 2013

    MEDC plans to offer downtown infrastructure grants again in 2013

    August 22, 2013

    If you’re looking to improve your downtown’s infrastructure, and you are a qualifying low– to moderate–income community (see list), you are eligible to apply for a Downtown Infrastructure Grant (DIG). Parking lots, curbs, street improvements, sewers and water system projects all qualify. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) expects to make applications available soon. Generally, there […]

  • Village of Lyons Receives Bridge Street Streetscape MEDC Downtown Infrastructure Grant

    Village of Lyons Receives Bridge Street Streetscape MEDC Downtown Infrastructure Grant

    April 30, 2013

    Congrats to the Village of Lyons, who won over $600,000 towards downtown infrastructure improvements! Prein&Newhof’s engineer, Jason Washler, helped Lyons apply for the MEDC Downtown Infrastructure Grant from Pure Michigan. The money will help improve their downtown by reconstructing Bridge Street.  The proposed streetscape project will include storm sewer improvements, permeable pavers, on-street parking, water […]

  • Downtown Development Planning Grant Application Available

    Downtown Development Planning Grant Application Available

    March 8, 2013

    MEDC is accepting applications until April 26 for its Downtown Development Planning Grant. Grants up to $100,000 are available, from a total funding pool of $500,000. MEDC is targeting these grants to projects that: Are located within a DDA Are in a Main Street or Redevelopment Ready Community Will create jobs for low/mod income persons […]

  • DDAs and Economic Development

    DDAs and Economic Development

    January 3, 2013

    Not everyone is aware of downtown development authorities (DDA), or why they are important. Many cities have one, and Michigan has 35 of them. Prein&Newhof often works with DDAs on projects related to streetscapes and downtown infrastructure. Downtown is considered the heart of the city. It is an expanse of a few streets that are […]

  • Downtown Infrastructure Grants announced for Low to Moderate Income Communities

    Downtown Infrastructure Grants announced for Low to Moderate Income Communities

    November 15, 2012

    The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will accept grant applications until December 21, 2012 for grants of up to $750,000 to low- to moderate income communities for downtown infrastructure improvements. Eligible projects include parking lots, streetscapes, sidewalks, sewer, water and storm pipelines among others. Qualifying communities and designated eligible areas are listed here. The grant application […]