Shirkey applauds $1.4M community development grant

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey on Wednesday applauded the city of Hillsdale for being awarded funds for the restoration of a historic theater downtown.

The Michigan Strategic Fund awarded $1,415,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to Hillsdale for its Dawn Theater Project, which will restore the historic Dawn Theater.

“The Dawn Theater is a cultural icon in Hillsdale and a vital part of community life,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “We are delighted to see the city has been awarded funds to enable them to complete the restoration of the theater.”

Shirkey said the project will include reactivating the vacant structure for community use and providing a venue for movies, special events and private rentals. Repairs include restoration of the structure’s original brick facade and windows, floor replacement, roof work and theater seating.

The Dawn Theater Project has received funding from the city of Hillsdale’s Tax Increment Financing Authority of $400,000 toward the theater rehabilitation. TIFA has also contributed $200,000 in building acquisition and predevelopment project costs.

The city of Hillsdale expects the project could result in 27 new jobs and private investment of $400,000.

The MSF, in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, administers the economic and community development portions of the CDBG program. CDBG is a federal grant program utilizing funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.