Cory Smith

Flat River Historical Society and Museum President Keith Hudson showcases historical images of downtown Greenville, that could potentially be posted downtown after the Greenville Downtown Development Authority approved up to $5,000 to be spent on installing historical, interpretive signs in the city. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA OK’s purchase of historical, interpretive signs

When Keith Hudson travels down Lafayette Street, there are times takes a moment to picture the downtown district as it may have existed more than 165 years ago.


Inaugural Lumberjack Day is Saturday

The lumber industry once served as this community’s primary source of revenue, when saw mills would send thousands of logs daily down the Flat River.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, explains the details behind accepting a facade grant agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. during Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, as Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville City Council approves $834,631 MEDC grant agreement

After months of ensuring that all necessary paperwork was filed, regulations met and all parties in agreement, improvements to the downtown district are now just one signature away. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved seven separate motions to move forward with six facade grant improvement projects through a grant agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC).

A graphic shows what a new overhanging structure at Lafayette could potentially look like, if the Greenville DDA decides to pursue such a redevelopment project. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Plan in motion for potential renovation of Greenville’s Lafayette Park

Roy LaMarte is well aware of the potential of downtown Greenville, and in reviving a former concept, he is hopeful he can place one of the main social hubs in the community at its very center.

During the Sept. 13 Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meeting, DDA member LaMarte presented an outline of an action plan to begin moving forward on potential redevelopment at Lafayette Park.


IN BRIEF: Venture Partners receives Greenville option agreement

Members of the Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to extend a current option agreement on property in the city’s Industrial Park.

A playhouse, sponsored by Carson City Lumber, Chemical Bank and the Montcalm Area Career Center, was awarded in a raffle held by the Montcalm Court Appointed Special Advocates, to Ron and Rhoda Massanari of Crystal Township. The Massanaris are now hoping to donate the playhouse to Crystal Township, with a goal that is it placed near the public beach at Crystal Lake.  — Courtesy photo

Raffle winner hoping to donate playhouse to Crystal Township

Longtime Crystal residents Ron and Rhoda Massanari never expected to win a raffle for a giant playhouse, but now that they have, they’re looking for a way to give back to their home community. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Ron asked members of the board if they would be open to the idea of accepting the nautical-themed playhouse, which was built in the shape of a large ship.

Members of the Greenville Area Community Foundation Board will likely vote Monday, making a decision on whether or not to accept a new “impactful grant-making” proposal.

Greenville Area Community Foundation working to make even ‘greater impact’

The Greenville Area Community Foundation has long since been providing local organizations with needed funds to accomplish important projects, and now, that effort is being concentrated even further. During Thursday’s Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting, guest presenter Alison Barberi, President of the Greenville Area Community Foundation, updated members of the coalition on the current actions of the foundation.


IN BRIEF: GACF working to make “greater impact” on community

During Thursday’s Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting, guest presenter Alison Barberi, President of the Greenville Area Community Foundation, updated members of the coalition on the current actions of the foundation.

Only a few questions remain unanswered in the final steps of the city of Greenville applying for a Brownfield Authority grant that would result in $140,000 in tax revenues over a period of 18 years to be collected by Davide and Dan Uccello, after they invested nearly $1.5 million in improvements in building Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Progress continues on Flo’s Brownfield Grant application

It’s been a process that has lasted several months, but a little financial assistance may finally be on its way to the owners of Flo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria.


JUST IN: Crystal Township renews automatic mutual aid agreement with Carson City

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve its annual automatic mutual aid agreement with Carson City.