Consumers Energy keeping promise to Michigan, Cadillac area with grant

Via Cadillac News

By Rick Charmoli

CADILLAC — On a day when Gov. Rick Snyder was in Cadillac talking about collaboration and looking toward the future, the Consumers Energy Foundation was in town investing in the Cadillac community.

The board of directors of the Consumers Energy Foundation recently approved a $50,000 grant in support of the development of Cadillac’s Heritage Plaza project, which is one of several placemaking projects currently under way in the city and the Cadillac Commons area.

Cadillac Commons is an area bordered by the Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion to the west, the City Park and the Heritage Plaza to the east, and the future developments of the new farmer’s market area and White Pine Trail Head to the south.

Consumers Energy Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Carolyn Bloodworth presented the donation to the city Friday, and she said it stems from the promise her company has made to the state and its residents.

“Consumers Energy’s promise to Michigan is to help Michigan be a stronger state, and that starts with having stronger communities,” she said. “This project definitely aligns with that whole concept.

Cadillac City Manager Marcus Peccia said the grant will help to make the plaza project become a reality. He added it is for the development of the plaza but also indirectly the whole Cadillac Commons area.

Peccia added that the city also is working on another project within the same Cadillac Commons area.

Earlier this month, the city launched a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of raising $50,000 to help fund the Cadillac Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion project. If the campaign reaches that goal by April 29, then it will win matching funds from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces, Community Places program.

Peccia said so far, about $30,000 has been raised.

To make a donation for the Rotary Pavilion project, go to Donations by way of checks or cash may be made at Cadillac’s City Hall, 200 N. Lake St., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.