SOUTH HAVEN — A company that is developing a $4.5 million mixed-use building in downtown South Haven has received a financial boost from the state.
South Haven Center, LLC has received a $750,000 Community Revitalization Program grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund to construct a three-story building that will house commercial businesses on the first floor and 18 residential units on the second and third floors. The development is expected to create 10 full-time-equivalent jobs, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which administers the Michigan Strategic Fund.
The grant that South Haven Center received last week is one of three awarded to companies in the state.
“We are working to offer companies the tools to expand their efforts here in Michigan and help community partners initiate successful redevelopment projects,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Grand Rapids-based developer South Haven Center is constructing its building at the corner of Huron and Center streets, on the site of the former First Baptist Church. The building had been vacant for a number of years before the city condemned it and had it torn down in 2007.
Contractors are in the midst of building the three-story structure, which is expected to be completed and in use by June 1, 2020.
Rep. Beth Griffin, R-Mattawan, said she was pleased the developer received a grant from the state.
“This project, and the award supporting it, reflects an incredible investment in our community,” Rep. Griffin said. “I applaud the South Haven Center for the work it took to earn this performance-based grant, and I appreciate the Michigan Strategic Fund recognizing South Haven as a place worth investing.”