DDA teams up with career center to improve Greenville planter beds

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:40 am on Friday, March 16, 2012

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is teaming up with the Montcalm Career Center to design new arrangements for the planter beds downtown. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is working with the Montcalm Area Career Center to spruce up planter beds in downtown Greenville.

During Tuesday’s DDA meeting, the group discussed the next steps to take in order to start working on the planter beds.

Linda Huckleberry, co-owner of Huckleberry’s Restaurant, said Merry Kim Meyers of the Montcalm Area Career Center will be working on the planter beds this spring with her class.

Meyers teaches plant and environmental sciences at the career center to students who plan to go into horticulture in the future.

“Meyers is a professional that graduated from Michigan State University,” Huckleberry said. “She is a really good person to help us.”

Meyers and her class have looked at the planter beds to develop ideas for a spring layout. The class will take the next couple of weeks to develop a couple of plans for the DDA.

“We should have something solid to look at in April,” Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden said.
The different ideas will be in terms of cost and the DDA will pick which one is better suited for the city, according to Van Wyngarden.

Huckleberry said once the planter beds are finished, the students will maintain them. Because of this, the initial investment will be high, but the following years will be “quite minimal.”

The physical labor of the project for class is estimated to be a couple of days, said Huckleberry.

Huckleberry said there is an option for the DDA to do the project in two phases — one year to have the bigger planter beds done and the next year to have the small ones done. The DDA will look over the options at the next meeting to make a final decision.

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