Businesses Seek Over $180,000 in State Grants

By: Benjamin J. Gohs, Associate Editor
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Two Boyne businesses could benefit from nearly 180,000 in state grants.

The facade improvement grants are available through the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), a state agency which is comprised of all of the state-funded economic development programs.

“A few months ago (city commission) approved a notice of intent for a few facade projects downtown the Provisions and Radio Shack,” said Boyne City Main Street/DDA Director Hugh Conklin. “The Michigan Strategic Fund evaluated our notice of intent and has invited us to submit a full grant application so that’s what we’re doing.”

The grant amounts to $181,428 with a private match by the property owners of $70,380.

“Boyne Country Provisions is really proposing a significant improvement to their property,” Conklin said. “This was delayed a little bit because Boyne Country Provisions expanded into the business next to it, and from the original notice of intent the private match has been dropped just a little bit and they had to go through the whole process again.”

Kristine Brehm, owner of Provisions, which is located at 127 Water St., said she and husband Ed are anxious to get the improvements completed.

A public hearing was then held to allow public comment.

No members of the public opined on the matter.

The city commission’s consensus was that it is a good idea.

“It’s more improvements making our downtown better,” said Boyne City Mayor Chuck Vondra. “So, I don’t see how we can go wrong here. I think it’s a great deal.”

Radio Shack’s major improvement will be a new roof for it’s location at 108 Water St.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the proposal to submit the application to the state.
Created in 1984, the MSF works to promote economic development and create jobs.

The MSF is governed by an 11-member board.

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