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City of Big Rapids to submit grant applications for improvements to the area

The City of Big Rapids will move forward with its attempt to replace a 40-year old retaining wall on the Muskegon River.


On Monday, Commissioners approved to submit an application for a $1.5-million dollar grant. If selected, the grant would require separate $500,000 matches from the city of Big Rapids and the Big Rapids Housing Commission.


State officials would allow up to 200 feet of the retaining wall to be replaced. The total cost for the retaining wall is estimated at $2.5-million dollars. 


The City Commission also approved a lease agreement between the city and Duncan and Marissa Klussmann who own the train depot property on the eastside of town. The lease is for 25 years at $100 per year. Commissioners also approved a resolution to submit a SPARK Grant application for the train depot property. According to City Manager Mark Gifford, if selected, the grant would help fund Depot Park Trailhead improvements, including parking lot improvements adjacent to the depot. 


Gifford told commissioners that working through the lease negotiations with the Klussmann’s it is very clear that they are community minded and want their renovation project and the business ventures that will follow to compliment the Trail and Depot Park Trailhead Project. They believe that having the entire space as public parking will be of mutual benefit.






Local High School Schedule & Scores

CSAA Basketball (Boys)

11/27/23 - 7:00pm

Saranac 43 @ Central Montcalm 52

Lakeview 35 @ Tri County 70

Grant 57 @ Ludington 82

Comstock Park 43 @ Newaygo 57

11/28/23 - 7:00pm

Ravenna @ Kent City

Beal City @ Morley Stanwood

McBain @ Reed City

Bullock Creek @ Chip Hills

Big Rapids @ Shepherd

   -> Game broadcasting on WBRN 1460am, 96.5fm

Baldwin @ White Cloud

11/29/23 - 7:00pm

Central Montcalm @ Carson City-Crystal

Tri County @ GR Aviation

Newaygo @ Oakridge

11/30/23 - 7:00pm

Newaygo @ Chip Hills

12/1/23 - 7:00pm

Tri County @ Big Rapids

   -> Game broadcasting on WBRN 1460am, 96.5fm

Reed City @ Central Montcalm

Morley Stanwood @ Grant

Lakeview @ Kent City

White Cloud @ Shelby


CSAA Bowling (Boys & Girls)

12/2/23 - 2:00pm

Big Rapids @ Lakeview

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