City of Allegan Thanks Riverfront Partners and Unveils New Initiatives
Pictured from left to right are: Josh Przygocki from the Office of State Senator Aric Nesbitt, Jason Allen USDA Rural Development State Director, Steve Ramos of the Perrigo Company, Sue DeVries of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Allegan City Manager Joel Dye and Allegan Mayor Traci Perrigo
Allegan, Michigan – March 3, 2020 – The City of Allegan has seen a lot of changes over the past couple of years, and this is especially true when it comes to the community’s Riverfront Park. The redevelopment of the riverfront included a performance stage, splash pad, community fire pit, kayak/canoe launch, pedestrian plaza and zip line installed by RCI Adventure Products of Allegan and became a source of community pride and a catalyst for additional activity in the community.
The redevelopment of the community’s riverfront sparked a renewed interest in investments into the downtown area. Local and out of town investors have continued to identify opportunities in the Allegan community as it has begun to show its potential. As a result, vacant buildings are being rehabilitated, jobs are being created, and new tax revenues are being generated for future investments.
The City took the opportunity to thank the various project partners at a recent community tour and highlighted several projects that are currently in the planning process, continuing the momentum currently underway. Partners in the riverfront redevelopment initiative included the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Perrigo Company, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.
On hand representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture was Jason Allen, State Rural Development Director for Michigan. “What we have seen here today shows the vitality and resiliency of our country’s rural communities”, stated Director Allen. “The USDA is proud to have had the opportunity to be a partner of the Allegan community.”
Allegan City Manager Joel Dye presents to the group of Riverfront Partners that included representatives of the Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce, the MEDC, Perrigo, State Senator Aric Nesbitt's Office, and the USDA.
With the success of the riverfront project, and the energy it created in the community, City staff and consultants from Abonmarche gave the partners a preview of several new projects that are in the predevelopment planning stages – and these projects are sure to further transform Allegan’s community into an economic powerhouse in rural West Michigan. Those in attendance were shown concepts for the redevelopment of the infrastructure and streetscapes in the downtown area as well as a plan to unlock the potential of the Mill District area.
“The goal is to create a vibrant downtown area that will further establish the City of Allegan as a center of commerce for our area, as well as a Mill District that creates a destination and attraction for persons drawn to an active lifestyle“, stated City of Allegan Mayor Traci Perrigo. “In order to do so, the city plans to makes investments that leverage additional state, federal, and private sector investments, making our community more attractive to both current and potential residents.”
Design work is underway on the first phase of downtown improvements with construction expected to begin in late 2020 or early 2021.