Ground has been broken in downtown Allegan on a major project to reconstruct the city’s core. City Manager Joel Dye says the project began in 2018 with the planning of the work, saying the city will be more welcoming and more accessible for people with mobility issues.
“We’re going to address our aging utilities beneath the streets, our sewer mains, our water lines, our lead service lines are all being replaced downtown. Our sidewalks are going to be wider, our landscaping, the trees – 60 new trees will be planted,” says Dye.
State Senator Aric Nesbitt helped to secure $2 million in state funding for the work.
“It’s really going to provide a place making spot for Allegan and for the people in the county, and the wider west Michigan area. When you look at the fantastic new businesses that have been investing in Allegan, whether it’s the breweries, restaurants or other shops, it’s going to be a great, accessible location when this is all done,” says Nesbitt.
Allegan’s Milbocker & Sons Incorporated was awarded the contract last fall for the project, which will be done in three phases starting this spring. The work is scheduled to wrap up in the fall of 2024.