East China Township Wins Grant to Help Fund Riverfront Redevelopment Plan

East China Township is the recipient of a $25,000 grant to help with the costs of preparing a waterfront redevelopment plan for a portion of the community along the St. Clair River. The grant is one of thirteen statewide.

East China Township Manager Cynthia Paparelli said that DTE provided half the grant application development costs and will also provide half of the $25,000 match for the $50,000 planning grant.

She said, “This planning project involves the preparation of a Riverfront Redevelopment Plan along the St. Clair River. The study area includes property presently occupied by the St. Clair Power Plant, which is owned and operated by DTE Energy. This area currently lacks economic diversity, recreational opportunity, and river access. The Township, in collaboration with DTE, is undertaking the study to reactivate the riverfront for public and private use, improve environmental sustainability, and to bring vitality to the natural and built environments.”

According to Paparelli, this grant and the eventual development of the redevelopment plan allows stakeholders to look at the long-range vision for the property on the St. Clair River.

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland