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My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

My Town: State approves three local redevelopment projects

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Three development projects in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are getting state approval.

The Lofts on Michigan, LLC is being awarded a $2.45 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program loan to demolish the vacant building at 740 and 756 Michigan Street to build a four-story mixed use building.  The site’s first floor will be dedicated to commercial/retail businesses; the upper three floors will contain 54 apartments.  The project is expected to generate $15.2 million in investments and 15 permanent jobs.

The City of Grand Rapids is also getting $1.4 million to demolish 12 homes and replace them with four buildings containing 66 apartments.  The 600 Clancy Redevelopment project  will include asbestos abatement, site preparation activities and infrastructure improvements.  The project is expected to create $8 in investments and three full-time jobs.

My Town: Kalamazoo County health groups offer free Healthy Michigan enrollment help

My Town: Kalamazoo County health groups offer free Healthy Michigan enrollment help

PARCHMENT, Mich.—Health officials throughout Kalamazoo County will host two more events this month to help people sign up for Michigan’s new low-cost health plan designed for low-income residents.

Nearly half a million Michigan adults are eligible for the Healthy Michigan Plan, which became available April 1.  The plan covers residents between the ages of 19 and 64 whose yearly income is roughly $16,000, or an income of $33,000 for a family of four.  Eligible Michiganders cannot be enrolled in other Medicaid programs or Medicare.

Enroll Kalamazoo County is hosting free enrollment events to answer questions, help people navigate their options and enroll in the Healthy Michigan Plan.  The schedule is as follows:

Kalamazoo Chorus sings before Detroit Tigers game

Kalamazoo Chorus sings before Detroit Tigers game

KALAMAZOO - The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus sang the National Anthem Saturday at the Detroit Tigers game.

The Chorus sounded wonderful and they really impressed the Tiger management, not just with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, but with how prompt and professional the children were.  With about 1500 hockey kids ahead of them - who were to leave the field before we got on - they called the children to the field suddenly and several minutes earlier than expected, telling them to "Go, go, go."   So 120 children made a mad dash down the ramp, tossing coats and water bottles aside along the way without losing formation and stepping onto the field so calm and collected that no one suspected that they'd just made a 30 yard dash!  

The Tiger's were so impressed we had an invitation to return and sing again even before we'd even left the field!

My Town Kalamazoo: City to begin ticketing trash-filled yards April 21

My Town Kalamazoo: City to begin ticketing trash-filled yards April 21

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The snow has melted away, exposing months of litter on many residential and commercial properties.

The City of Kalamazoo wants to remind residents of a city ordinance requiring all garbage be properly stored in trash bins, to prevent rodents and other unsanitary situations.  The city is giving residents a grace period to clean up the litter on their property; starting Monday, April 21, city workers will begin citing properties in violation of the Trash Ordinance.    Violators will receive a ticket and a $74 bill, then get another 10 days to clean up the mess.  If the trash remains, city crews will be called in to clean up the property, and the property owner will be billed for their work.

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here!

If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.

 

Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

 

My Town Kalamazoo: Coffee with a Cop March 20

My Town Kalamazoo: Coffee with a Cop March 20

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Community members are invited to enjoy some coffee while airing their concerns during “Coffee with a Cop” this Thursday, March 20.

Members of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will take questions and discuss the department’s work within neighborhoods during the event, which is meant to break down barriers, allowing for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Public Safety Officer Brandon Noble. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at Fourth Coast Café, located 816 S. Westnedge Ave.