Muskegons Two Earn Cool Too
Muskegon has also received a $100,000 catalyst grant, which will fund the creation of a gathering place at the corner of Third Street and Western Avenue by funding façade improvements for the buildings owned by Western Avenue Properties, as well as a public art composition commissioned by the Muskegon Museum of Art and a wireless Internet hot spot initiated by Muskegon Main Street.
“We decided to tweak what we had done last year with some new project elements,” he said.
Rinsema-Sybenga said he believes the elements of the project fit with the goals for the area.
“I think (wireless Internet) is an amenity that downtowns and business parks and commercial spaces are trying to offer. They see the value it has in attracting people,” he said. “We think it’s going to have that same effect in downtown
The façade improvement will also play an important role, according to Rinsema-Sybenga.
“I think in order to set the tone of the development that’s going to occur on the (former Muskegon Mall) site, properly restored historic facades are going to set the bar for the quality of the development,” Rinsema-Sybenga said. “Also, they’re going to remind people of the history of the intersection and the commercial corridor in
Rinsema-Sybenga said he believes the funding is an acknowledgement of the collaboration and investment that has recently been taking place in downtown
“The state likes to choose projects that have a lot of investment focused on a certain area,” he said. “All the investment is what makes them willing to give that designation and throw in that catalyst grant.”