City of Ludington Kicks Off Downtown Development Project

On September 25, 2020 the City of Ludington’s community members gathered to kick off construction of its new downtown gathering space and event plaza called “Legacy Plaza” in the former James Street road right-of-way. The design of the space will honor the Native American, lumber industry, and maritime history that is the price of Ludington. Legacy Plaza, formerly James Street, is undergoing a major renovation to serve downtown Ludington for years to come.

The improvements for the benefit of the public include a new restroom building, a large event pavilion, a gas fireplace, a concert stage, decorative lighting, utility replacements, and site furnishings—all of which will be tied together with decorative concrete and landscaping.

The City received a generous grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation through a Community Development Block Grant to cover $2.1 million of the $2.36 million project. Funding from the Downtown Development Authority and private donations will also go towards the project.

Prein&Newhof helped with the conceptual redesign of the park, developing engineering plans & estimates, assisting with bidding, and is now overseeing the construction that is expected to be complete in 2021.

Regular updates will be posted as the project progresses on our Construction Updates webpage.

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