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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:13

Grant funds support "parklets" in city of Croswell

(CROSWELL) -- The City of Croswell will have a new look this fall once work from a $253,000 Community Block Grant is finished. The funding awarded through the Michigan Strategic Fund includes the installation of 40 decorative LED streetlights, wireless internet and parklets. Parklets are small movable spaces with seating and greenery that usually sit in parking spaces along a street. There will also be new recycled material benches placed throughout the downtown, trash receptacles made by local artisans, and the installation of rain barrels for storm water control. State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City says Croswell is a gem of a city, and it's exciting to know that the funding will help make the downtown area a vibrant place to visit and spend time in for years to come. Croswell must provide $105,875 in matching funds. Other work planned includes new sewer and water lines, sidewalks and street paving. Further funding will come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and bonds.