By Helen A. Granger, staff writer

Owosso’s Downtown Development Authority/Owosso Main Street (DDA/OMS) is moving forward on a number of projects.

There was discussion at the Sept. 2 regular meeting of the DDA/OMS regarding the very successful façade improvement grant program. “We are still underway in getting the façade grants back on line,” OMS Manager Josh Adams said in a

Sept. 2 interview with The Independent. “Our preliminary grant request information has been submitted. Owosso qualifies but we are now waiting for state approval of the information. So, we are moving forward on that.”

The first round of façade grants saw six buildings in the downtown area refurbished or changed: two buildings of the Norm Henry Shoes stores; the Civille Building across from the Lebowsky Center; the Quaker Oats wall just south of the intersection Washington and Main (M-21) streets; the Sobaks building; and the future site of Sosumi Sushi being redeveloped by James Gutting on E. Exchange.

“If we qualify for this next round of grants we will be able to do up to seven facades for two years with the possibility of a one year extension. We are very excited about that,” Adams said.

Remodeling and redevelopment of the Wesener building in the 100 block of N. Washington Street continues. “There has been a bit of delay meeting the original deadline date but it looks on track for late October, early November,” Adams explained.

Preliminary numbers are also in – regarding overall investment and volunteer hours. “The end of the year numbers are looking good,” Adams said. “So far more than $700,000 has been invested in Owosso’s downtown. We’ve been reporting this information monthly to Michigan Main Street but I do have some unofficial numbers. We’ve also had over 3,000 hours of volunteer service – cleanup, the community flower program, volunteers at events such as Glow Owosso, ArtWalk – all those numbers have added up. Michigan is able to rate its volunteers at $20 per hour…so that is a significant dollar amount – more than $60,000 – in volunteer service.” That service also includes committee and board members’ time.

“We are very happy to have such a committed group of volunteers. We have between 180 and 190 people who are available to help during any of our events. Without them, we wouldn’t exist,” Adams concluded.

DDA/OMS Making a Difference in Owosso’s Downtown was last modified: September 9th, 2015 by Karen Elford