Local residents will see more improvements to the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market District with help from a Blight Elimination Program grant awarded by the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority.
The City of Kalamazoo plans to use the $84,000 grant to tear down a vacant commercial building directly adjacent to the Kalamazoo Farmers Market. The demolition will facilitate an expansion of the Farmers Market to make room for more vendors.
“I’m proud to see the Michigan Lank Bank Fast Track Authority invest in our growing Farmers’ Market like we’ve seen the community invest in the Farmers’ Market,” said State Rep. Jon Hoadley (D Kalamazoo). “This is a win for everyone. I hope we continue to see these state and local partnerships.”
County land banks and local units of government with eligible projects across the state were invited to apply for this round of funding by early February. Grant awards for individual projects were capped at $250,000.
To be eligible for funding, demolition projects were limited to blighted residential structures or blighted buildings in business districts, downtowns or commercial corridors; or demolition of commercial buildings that are part of a development project with funding commitments. Statewide, 41 applications were submitted requesting more than $3.4 million to fight blight.