Evart DDA awarded $600,000 to improve downtown

EVART — Starting this summer, downtown Evart will undergo a variety of changes expected to revitalize the community.

On Friday, the Evart Downtown Development Authority accepted a check of more than $600,000 made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Downtown Infrastructure Grant.

A streetscape renovation project is expected to transform Main Street from Railroad Avenue to 5th Street by adding safety measures in sidewalks, improved electricity, bike lanes that connect to the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, trees, flower gardens, art, sitting areas and two unisex bathrooms. In addition, Evart will feature Osceola County's first electric car charging station.

The total project cost is estimated to be $692,841, with a local match of $69,285.

"This project is a testimony of synergy," said DDA Director Al Weinberg. "Great things happen when we work together. Combined with our new welcome signs, new businesses opening, a fantastic summer Musicale line up and the diligent work of our city's employees, this project will show our residents, visitors and passersby that Evart is the place to be."

More information about the grant and what it means for Evart will be coming in a story in next week's Herald Review.