‘Everybody Said It’s Time to Get Some Work Done,’ Mancelona Receives Nearly $600,000 in Grants
Several different organizations in Mancelona are working together to fix housing, upgrade parks and enhance the beauty of their downtown.
“Everybody said it’s time to get some work done,” says Mancelona Village President Michael Allison.
After years of regression, Allison says the village and a few local partners decided to buckle down, work together and finish some long-overdue projects.
“We are making an effort to bringing ourselves back up just like everybody in northern Michigan, but we’re having great success at it,” Allison says.
That success stems from nearly $600,000 in grants, including more than $50,000 dollars from the DNR to make improvements to Palmer Park.
“That will include better access of handicapped to our pavilion area more paving, we’re changing the tennis courts to a combination of pickle ball and tennis,” Allison says.
Through state and federal funding, nearly $400,000 for Safe Routes to School.
“Nice new street lights, it’s very safe walk, it’s beautiful at night and it brings your eye to the old cemetery with its trees and it’s a nice welcoming factor into the village,” Allison says.
And recently, $30,000 from the state to revitalize houses in downtown Mancelona.
Village Clerk Maureen Naumcheff says, “To get these additional improvements done, a roof, siding some of those home improvements that are so expensive, just to get them done, it just helps everyone else.”
Locally driven, with a goal to spread hope in the community.
“We’re going to keep going,” Naumcheff says.
Village leaders says they even received an additional $15,000 from their success on downtown housing improvements.