Eyesores no more: Grant eliminates Ottawa Co. blight

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) – Dozens of eyesores in Ottawa County are being eliminated with the help of federal funding.

The Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority said Wednesday that $360,000 of the $400,000 grant has been used so far. Officials said the money supported the redevelopment of 29 properties within the county, including the former Eagle Ottawa site in Grand Haven, a former gas station in Blendon Township and a former auto repair shop in Wright Township.

The OCBRA estimate the projects will create 381 permanent jobs and generated $43 million in private investment when finished. Supporters say the projects will also boost local tax revenue, improve the environment and protect green space from development.

The county is looking for additional projects to use the remaining $40,000 of the grant. Developers and property owners interested in the program are encouraged to contact Becky Huttenga at (616) 738-4852 or bhuttenga@miottawa.org.

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