LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jon Bumstead on Thursday supported a legislative effort that would improve residential living and the business climate in Muskegon Heights.
The $3 million effort would focus on improvements along Sherman Boulevard, which is a main corridor to multiple area businesses and attractions. The funds were requested to fix sidewalks, improve lighting, add bus station shelters and convert blighted, abandoned properties into useful properties or replace them with green spaces. The plan also seeks to address drainage and sewer issues.
“The Sherman Boulevard corridor provides access to residential neighborhoods, area hospitals and other businesses, as well as an access point to some of Michigan’s most beautiful parks and natural resources,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “The corridor also serves as a central access point to the beach at Lake Michigan, and I join area residents in welcoming these improvements to the community.”
Funding for the project originated during the last legislative session but was held up due to an error in the bill language. The supplemental bill that was passed on Thursday cleans up the discrepancy and allows the funding to be released to Muskegon Heights so they can begin work on the cleanup project.
“As vice chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, this language was a priority, so Muskegon Heights can get to work on this important project,” Bumstead said. “I am happy to see the public and private sectors working together to help this project come to fruition.”