JUST IN: Edmore bag factory grant official; $870,000 project underway

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 12:35 pm on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Those responsible for successfully obtaining a grant for the old bag factory in Edmore include, front row from left, Edmore Village Councilwomen Bonnie Ashbaugh, Bonnie Davis and Karen Deja; back row from left, Edmore Village Councilman Jamie Ballard, Village President Karl Kluwe, DDA President Jack Miller and Village Manager James Lower. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

EDMORE — A major grant seven years in the making is finally a reality for a historic building in this village.

Edmore Village Manager James Lower today announced the village has been awarded a $625,875 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for the old General Bag Corp. building.

The grant will be matched by $244,125 from the Edmore Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for a total investment of $870,000 to renovate the old factory into the Edmore Marketplace — a vision that calls for dozens of vendors selling local goods in the fully restored 1880s-era building.

“This is great news for Edmore,” said DDA President Jack Miller. “The development of the Edmore Marketplace is the first, and perhaps most important step, in our longterm plan for Edmore.”

The good news comes just in time for Edmore’s annual Potato Festival, which is set to kick off Thursday.

See Thursday’s Daily News for the complete story.

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