A Grand Ledge project designed to strengthen existing business and draw new business to the city received a boost from the state.
The city was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for an access road surrounding Willis Industrial Park on the northeast side of the city. The city is matching the funds with a $74,046 contribution, making the combined total for the project $149,046. There were nine other Michigan awardees of site-readiness grants issued through the Michigan Build Ready Sites program. Grand Ledge filed its application for the grant last March.
City Manager Adam Smith said the site is currently being referred to as “C Drive” and would be officially named later. He added that the MEDC grant will extend the road south an estimated 235 feet, providing access to potential development sites in the southwest corner of the industrial park. According to the performance schedule detailed in the grant agreement, the project’s starting date was Oct. 19 with its completion date set for Oct. 18, 2022.
The project description stipulates that the city will conduct infrastructure support on city-owned property within the industrial park and that infrastructure activities include engineered drawings, stormwater improvements, curb and gutter, and final asphalt surfacing for two new roads in the park. This is to support new businesses locating there or the expansion of existing businesses to strengthen the tax base for the city and the region.
Willis Industrial Park is home to a mix of industrial, laboratory, distribution and manufacturing tenants and is 10 miles from Capitial Region International Airport.