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As we look back on 2014, we can definitively say this was a busy year full of milestones and progress…
The First Friday festivities downtown have grown substantially over the past year. It is neat to have local talent on display for all to enjoy. 2015 will be even bigger and better so come downtown with the family and enjoy.
We also had another outstanding Art-A-Licious event in September that continues to set participant and attendance records. This fun two-day fine arts festival has quickly become a local and regional destination event that continues to grow each year. This festival provides a great venue to enjoy both visual and performing arts while celebrating our proud heritage and community.
The Blues & Brews Festival celebrated their third year downtown. Even with challenging weather conditions, we again experienced great participation and support for local musicians and craft beer businesses.
Thanks to all of the volunteers for their outstanding work and commitment to providing Adrian with outstanding cultural events.
A great community collaboration effort was concluded in July with a downtown retail market study completed by the Gibbs Planning Group of Birmingham, MI. The entire cost of the study was funded by contributions from throughout the community. The study concluded that downtown Adrian could support an additional 97,000 square feet of retail and restaurant development generating over 27.3 million in new sales.
The City of Adrian celebrated our 25th anniversary this year with the City of Moriyama, Japan. The original Sister-City agreement was executed in August 1989. A contingent from Moriyama visited Adrian in September to celebrate this milestone. We are planning a goodwill mission from Adrian to Moriyama in the Fall of 2015.
We had a special opportunity to partner with the City of Tecumseh to create a joint Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) that was recently approved by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to become a satellite SmartZone to the Ann Arbor SmartZone. This unique partnership will position both communities to take advantage of state programs as we look to grow our high tech manufacturing, agriculture and energy capabilities. The Adrian/Tecumseh LDFA SmartZone part of an exclusive group as the state has only approved 18 such SmartZones state-wide.
Church Street Parking Lot
The Church Street parking lot was rebuilt with new base, asphalt and LED lights. We incorporated green storm water collection bio-swales into this project as well utilizing a state grant.
Mill and Resurface Streets
The following local streets had the top three inches on asphalt milled off and replaced:
Budlong, Elm, Mulzer, Baker, Woodfield, Winter and Hoch
Brick Arch Sewer Separation Project
We completed the first of three phases of storm/sanitary sewer separation work in Downtown Adrian. This work included the installation of a new storm sewer outfall to the Raisin River off of Winter Street and new storm sewers installed on Washburn, Main, Toledo, Locust, E. Maumee and the parking lot behind Citizens Gas.
Williams Street Water Main Replacement
Utilities Department crews completed a new water main installation project on Williams Street between Madison and Charles. We increased the size of the new water main in anticipation for future demands in this area.
Special thanks to residents and business partners throughout our construction season; we appreciate your patience and understanding throughout these infrastructure improvement projects.
The local street millage was renewed at the November general election. This 0.9746 annual millage was renewed by almost 60% of the voters. This millage renewal will allow us to invest approximately $4.0 million dollars over the next 10 years, addressing approximately 12 miles of local streets. Thanks to all who continue to support this dedicated funding for our roads, we appreciate your support and look forward to putting these resources to work over the next 10 years.
The City of Adrian is excited to again partner with the Adrian Kiwanis Club as we look to complete the Ted Durst Kiwanis Gateway Park on W. Maumee at Church Street. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) together with the Adrian Kiwanis Club and the City of Adrian launched a crowdfunding campaign in October. The MEDC agreed to provide a $25,000 matching grant through its Public Spaces Community Places Initiative if the campaign reached its crowdfunding goal by November 28. We are pleased to report that 120 individuals and businesses responded in a big way and we were able to reach our goal and will receive the MEDC $25,000 match to help us complete this wonderful community project.
Residents can now report quality of life issues to the City of Adrian such as tree branches, trash, graffiti, pot holes, blight and many others. Residents can provide locational, descriptive and photographic information as they see an issue in real time. Once the resident submits an issue, the City of Adrian will receive an alert which is acknowledged and sent to the appropriate staff person who will send out a response and will update the service request until it is resolved. Residents can use the desktop or mobile platform to report and generate a service request. Click here to check out Adrian Fix It.
Mayor Berryman has been busy promoting several initiatives including:
The City of Adrian will receive $375,000 to fight blight in the city. Adrian was identified by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) as one of twelve Michigan communities eligible for federal blight demolition funds. The City of Adrian will be partnering with the Lenawee County Land Bank to facilitate the transfer and acquisition of eligible properties. We anticipate addressing around 15 blighted properties with these funds. Blight has been an on-going concern in our community; these funds will help in restoring property values while reestablishing neighborhood pride.
Economic Development Projects
We have had a tremendous year of growth and activity regarding economic development over the past year:
• Sears Home Store
• Family Farm & Home
• Hobby Lobby Relocation
• O’Reilly Auto Parts
• Family Medical Clinic
• Gaslight Village Senior Assisted Living Project
• Adrian Urgent Care Facility
• Chomp Burger
• Sauce on the Side
• Sale of three Buildings Downtown by Doug Kapnick and Steve Hickman
• New Retail Downtown with Sass and Passion 4 Fashion
• Downtown Housing Growth
• Downtown Facade Improvement Projects
• Announcement of new Promedica Hospital Facility
As you can see we have had a very busy but productive 2014, special thanks to city staff that go above and beyond on a daily basis. I am honored to work along-side such a dedicated team. We look forward to continued progress and development in 2015. Best wishes to you and your family for a healthy, joyful, bright, prosperous and happiest new year ahead.