ALPENA -A group of local residents and business leaders from along the US-23 corridor in Alpena are taking the initiative to improve the appearance and economics of the southern section of town.
During Tuesday's Alpena County board of commissioners meeting "Taking Pride in Alpena South Corridor" organizers Larry Clark and Gary Parteka explained to the board what has been transpiring and what is ahead in terms of future endeavors for the group.
"We have a lot going on that we think will improve the health and vitality in that area," Clark said. "When you think about all of the people who are coming into Alpena from the south, and think about what they see now. Frankly I see a lot of opportunities to improve the properties and the business fronts and it will really benefit everybody."
Clark said both business owners and what he refered to as "our boots on the ground" as being excited and dedicated to making the area look better and more appealing. He said a meeting is going to be held in which he hopes he can get more people to make improvements.
"We could get our boots on the ground - organizations like the Boy Scouts of America - and give the area a really nice cleanup to begin with," Clark said. "Then we can do things like painting, planting flowers and add some curb appeal. I have been talking to the chamber, the CVB and Target and everyone is very supportive of the project."
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