By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
Screen capture from Zoom meeting
City attorney Lawrence Coogan said the city received a $48,000 grant to allow it to conduct a study to find ways to make the community more attractive and to develop an urban land use strategy.
The purpose of the grant, which is funded by the state of Michigan, is to find ways to make Melvindale more appealing to potential businesses and residents, Coogan said.
“It is designed to help look into ways to make our community more attractive, to bring in improvements, both residential and commercial,” he said.
Mayor Wheeler Marsee said the analysis, which will be done by an outside firm, will not cost the city anything.
Coogan said a presentation given two months ago by graduate students laid the ground work to apply for the grant, and that the initial study indicated where more research needed to be done, which pointed toward the need for a state grant.
“We have this funding to do a more in-depth look at what we could do to enhance our community, and make it more attractive,” Coogan said. “It is going to be a study on both residential and commercial uses, and they are going to make recommendations on what needs to be done.”