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Downtown New Baltimore Gets Federal Grant for Improvements

Federal and city money is to pay for the project.

New Baltimore's historic downtown will get a lot of TLC this spring, thanks in part to federal grant money.

Michigan Department of Transportation chose to award its federal transportation grant in Macomb County to New Baltimore, paving the way for downtown improvements such as streetlights, trees, planters, bike racks, outdoor furniture and staining the existing sidewalk. The project costs $486,110—$340,277 of which from federal transportation enhancement money and $145,833 from the city. The work is to take place on Washington from Green to Front streets, according to MDOT.

It is one of eight projects in seven Michigan counties that will benefit from the grant money to enhance specific areas.

"These projects improve quality of life and have positive, longterm effects on a community," State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said in a news release. "MDOT is pleased to partner on transportation enhancement projects that will help Michigan communities attract residents and businesses."          

New Baltimore Mayor Larry Smith agreed.

"I think it's going to be a great improvement and enhancement for our downtown," Smith said Wednesday.

He added it's one of the city's highly anticipated projects coming to fruition. Among the other recent accomplishments are the and first phase of the near .

"We've talked about these kind of things for years," Smith said, "And now, all of a sudden, they're falling into place."

Meanwhile, city officials are seeking grants to help pay for the County Line path completion, estimated at roughly $400,000, to Main Street. The funding request process, however, could take nearly a year.

Sherri Barolo List January 19, 2012 at 12:04 PM
That is fantastic news! Downtown is going to look great! Thanks MDOT!
Pp January 19, 2012 at 01:52 PM
it is a great beginning to a long road.
Elizabeth Aprea January 19, 2012 at 03:55 PM
It would be even nicer if Washington Street was open all year long instead of being barricaded off for 18 days in a year. We have the only non alcohol serving business that gets baracades blocking my shipments and customers for 18 days in a single year. We will be barracaded the last week in January as a giant beer tent will provide a local club to make their profits on beer . This winter festival has no outdoor childrens activities, ice sculptures, etc. This type of event does not attract families. Do we really want giant beer tents as we move forward with our new street scape? I propose we put the Beer Tent in the empty lot next to recreation center so that we not not take away from our new street scape.
Allen Fletcher January 19, 2012 at 07:15 PM
my family just moved to down town new Baltimore from eastpointe and I could not be any more pleased with the town and this new development will hopefully help bring more business down town
Chris Nellis January 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I agree, there is an empty lot that could and should be used. And to make it a family atmosphere they need things for the kids and other attractions. P.S. I am assuming New Baltimore received this grant because of the hard work of the city's Director of Planning and Economic Development! Kudos!!!!
Nap January 20, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Didnt New Baltimore plant "New trees" a few years ago only to be cut down and pulled out? And didnt new Baltimore place pavers and cement sidewalks only to be ruined by the New trees that were just cut down . Who paid for all of that wasted cost? Benches were also placed around town and planters placed that only had weeds growing out of them all summer...who paid for all that? Get with it New Baltimore..there is always going to be someone holding this town back from prospering. As far as blocking off the street for 18 days...that is the only time there is any movement of people downtown, When the street is blocked off and something is going on, otherwise it is an empty town! Here we go again thinking this grant is going to change things...Proove it NB get with It!!!

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