This area looking south behind businesses on the west side of Main Street in downtown Almont will soon undergo some physical improvements thanks to a $45,000 USDA grant awarded the Almont DDA.
March 15, 2017ALMONT — The Almont Downtown Development Authority is moving forward with a plan to improve the appearance and pedestrian access to the back of businesses on the west side of Main Street.
DDA Director Kim Schall reminded that the DDA was a recent recipient of a $45,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) for the purpose of making the upgrades.
Schall said the project will include cleaning up the property and constructing cement walkways to connect the businesses located from the Almont Downtown Dentistry offices south to the Yarbrough Insurance building.
She pointed out that the upgrades will not apply to the corner property owned by non-participating property owner Marty Clauw.
Schall said the project will also include planting grass and installing new decorative lighting to illuminate the parking area and grounds behind the businesses.
She added that there are 35 parking spaces behind the buildings, including two spaces dedicated for people with handicaps.
Project bids opened
Schall said five contractor's bids were opened on Monday, March 6, which had been submitted to the DDA for its consideration. She said the bids ranged in cost from $39,000 to $66,000.
She said representatives from Rowe Engineering will review the bids to ensure they are complete and that they meet the specific needs of the project.
Special DDA meeting
On Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m., the DDA Board will hold a special meeting for the purpose of selecting a contractor.
The DDA's recommendation will then go to the Almont Village Council for its approval on Tuesday, March 21.
"We're hoping that by April 1, we will have officially awarded the contract," said Schall.
"Pending poor weather or other unexpected delays, the project should be completed by late July."
YOMS Cleanup Day
In another matter, Schall reported that Almont's Youth On Main Street (YOMS) group will conduct a Spring Cleanup Day on Sunday, April 23, from noon to 4 p.m.
Almont community members are invited to join YOMS members as they spiff up the village's downtown district, to include raking, sweeping in front of Main Street businesses, painting, washing windows and the DDA's seasonal banners, and conducting a general cleanup of Burley Park.
Heritage Fest plans
Schall said plans are also underway for the 2017 Almont Heritage Festival, scheduled to take place September 15-16.
Preliminary plans have the event taking place at locations along Water Street, to include the Southeastern Heatmor property, the Almont Lions Club and the adjacent tennis courts.
The Heritage Festival's Classic Car Show will return to the parking lot of Almont's First Congregational Church.
The next Heritage Festival planning meeting is set for Thursday, March 16.
For more information or to be a volunteer or event sponsor, contact Kim Schall at the DDA office at 810-798-8125.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.