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Downtown apartment initiative underway in Blissfield

BLISSFIELD, MI (Toledo News Now) -

An effort is underway to get more people living in downtown Blissfield. Incentives are being offered to business owners who convert their second and third floors into apartments.

It's called the rental rehabilitation program, and some say it could bring new life to the downtown community.

"The idea is that if we have people living downtown, they're going to be providing all of that energy and economic activity," said Patricia Rayl, Main Street director with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in Blissfield.

Rayl says the State of Michigan is offering $35,000 grants to building owners who create new rental space for low to moderate income residents.

"I'm excited," said Kay Brown, who owns a building downtown. "The more people you bring down here, the more ideas, the more things that are shared and acted upon."

And more residents will mean more business.

"All of the people who live in these apartments will have families and friends who probably will spend, also," said Brown.

DDA leaders say at least five building owners downtown have expressed interest in applying for the grant so far.

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