Senators Levin, Stabenow Announce Michigan Projects Included in Transportation and HUD Appropriations Bill

Friday, November 18, 2005

WASHINGTON – Senators Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., today announced the Michigan projects included in the transportation and housing and urban development appropriations bill for the 2006 fiscal year, which the Senate approved today by voice vote. The bill now goes to the president for his signature into law.

“This measure is responsive to the needs of communities across Michigan,” said Levin. “It will fund the necessary improvements and expansions for Michigan’s highways, airports and public transportation hubs. It will also bring more people to Detroit’s West Riverfront and a great deal of hope to the homeless in Traverse City and Benton Harbor. This bill helps Michigan in a number of areas, and I am happy to support it.”

“The funds in this bill will help address the practical and cultural needs of needs of our Michigan families, communities, and businesses,” Stabenow said. “It will fund neighborhood revitalization projects in Detroit, Saginaw and Benton Harbor; fund buses and airports to improve our transportation systems throughout the state; and provide support to two important cultural institutions -- the Armory Arts Project in Jackson and the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.”

TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS

Transportation Planning, Research and Development
Innovative Materials Research at Lawrence Tech University, Southfield $1,175,000
Integrated Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement Technology Initiative, Michigan Department of State Police $900,000
National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Ann Arbor $1,175,000
Traffic Improvement Association of Oakland County $250,000
Transportation Laboratory at the Detroit Science Center, Detroit $400,000

Federal Aviation Administration:

Terminal Air Traffic Control Facilities Replacement
Battle Creek $1,500,000
Traverse City air traffic control tower $1,520,000

Multilateration Technology
Detroit Metro Airport, system to improve airport capacity in inclement weather $6,000,000

Grants-in- Aid for Airports
Capital City Airport, Lansing, runway extension project $3,000,000
Detroit Metropolitan Airport, force main to connect to deicing storage pond $1,000,000
Detroit Metropolitan Airport, capacity enhancements-runway; environmental work $2,000,000
Detroit Metropolitan Airport, capacity preservation-runway $5,000,000
Huron County Memorial Airport, land acquisition and various improvements $500,000
Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Airport, airport terminal $1,500,000
Manistee County Blacker Airport, various improvements $500,000

Federal Highway Administration:

Transportation and Community and System Preservation Program
Snow plows for the Mackinac Island State Park Commission $225,000

Surface Transportation Projects
Baldwin Road, Oakland County $700,000
Beck and Wixom Road/I-96 Interchange $600,000
Belleville Road/Ecorse Road Intersection $400,000
Crooks Road, from 14 Mile Road to Elmwood Road/Meijer Drive, Clawson $2,200,000
E. Genesee Avenue streetscape project, Saginaw $1,000,000
Eleven Mile Road, Berkley, Oak Park, and Huntington Woods $1,000,000
FAST-TRAC SCATS signal installations, Oakland County $1,000,000
I-275/M-5 corridor economic development study for Oakland and Wayne Counties by the I-275/M-5 Transportation Alliance, Farmington Hills $500,000
Interchange construction on I-94 at 21 Mile Road, Chesterfield Township $600,000
Jackson Road right-of-way and reconstruction $400,000
Latson Road/I-96 Interchange Brighton $300,000
Livernois Road, from South Boulevard to Avon Road, Rochester Hills $1,300,000
Maple Road lane addition and road improvements between Drake and Beck, MI $500,000
Northwestern Highway Extension, Oakland County $1,500,000
Eight Mile Road to M-59 $2,000,000
Reconstruction of Eleven Mile Road $650,000
Main Street (M-150) in the City of Rochester $2,000,000
U.S. 12 Improvement Study, Saline, Washtenaw County $600,000
Upgrades to Maple Street Bridge, Manistee $345,000
Widening of Gratiot Avenue from 24 Mile Rd. to 26 Mile Rd., Macomb County $400,000

Highway Priority Projects
Detroit Area Regional Transportation Authority $1,500,000

Federal Railroad Administration:

Rail-Highway Grade Crossing Mitigation
Upper Peninsula grade crossing improvements $750,000

Federal Transit Administration

Bus and Bus Facilities
Northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula Bus Replacement and Facilities $2,000,000
Allegan County Transportation Service $89,000
Automation Alley/BUSolutions $2,000,000
Battle Creek Transit Bus Replacement $1,200,000
Bay City MTA New and Replacement Vehicles $400,000
Berrien County Public Transportation $150,000
Capital Area Transportation Authority, Hybrid Public Transportation Vehicle Purchase $2,000,000
Cass County Transit $80,000
City of Midland Dial-A-Ride $366,000
Clare County Transit Administration Facility $460,000
Communication Equipment and Bus, Belding $76,000
Deneka Maintenance Facility $500,000
Detroit Bus Leasing and Expansion $2,000,000
Dowagiac Dial-A-Ride $50,000
Flint MTA New and Replacement Vehicles $300,000
Greater Lapeer Transportation Authority $500,000
Harbor Transit $404,000
Hillsdale Dial-A-Ride $500,000
Kalamazoo Metro Transit $1,000,000
Kalkaska County Transportation Facility $400,000
Lake Erie Transit Hybrid Transit Buses $700,000
Lake Erie Transit Maintenance Bay Expansion $500,000
Ludington Mass Transportation Authority $320,000
Sanilac County Transit Authority $500,000
Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), Oakland County $5,000,000
Vehicle Acquisition for Ionia Dial-A-Ride $144,000
Yates Township Dial-A-Ride Transportation System $400,000

Research and University Research Centers
Automation Alley BUSolution $1,500,000

Capital Investment Grants
Ann Arbor/Detroit Commuter Rail $5,000,000
Detroit Center City Loop $4,000,000

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS

West Riverfront Restoration, Detroit, Michigan $5,000,000 These funds will be used to create a pedestrian-friendly West Riverfront Greenway System that will connect the East Riverfront Greenway System to the planned Southwest Detroit Greenway System, including Riverside Park, Clark Park and Historic Fort Wayne. For most of the past century, the Detroit Riverfront was home to shipping docks, factories and railroad yards, and the creation of the greenway system is part of a major effort to re-claim this valuable riverfront and preserve it for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Far East Side Development, Detroit, Michigan $600,000 Funding to help develop 700 acres of land on Detroit’s far East Side, an area marked by urban decay and blight. The City of Detroit would like to transform the land into updated housing stock of varied types. This will ultimately increase the residential population and the quality of life for all in the far East Side.

Rebuilding the Community of Northeast Saginaw, Michigan $350,000 Funding to assist with a comprehensive revitalization effort in northeast Saginaw. The project includes the demolition and replacement of a severely distressed 94 unit town and garden complex and the use of two parcels of vacant land to create 266 housing units, 80 of which will be public housing.

The Armory Arts Project, Jackson, Michigan $600,000 The Armory Arts Project aims to help transition Jackson’s economy from its traditional manufacturing base to a more diversified model that will attract workers, businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Arab American National Museum and Cultural Center, Dearborn $1,150,000 The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) has helped to establish a museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Arab American community. The 38,500 sq. ft. museum and cultural center, located in Dearborn, will preserve and document the experiences and accomplishments of Arab Americans in the United States, celebrate and support the work of Arab American artists, and present the cultural heritage of the Arab American community to a wider American and international audience.

Focus: HOPE MicroGrid Enhancement, Detroit, Michigan $300,000 This funding will be used to renovate, upgrade and expand the existing Focus: HOPE cogeneration capacity to include its entire 40-acre campus by installing a north campus loop (microgrid) and adding 2000 kW of new electric generation capacity. Additionally, the cogeneration facility’s computer control system will be upgraded system-wide. The proposed renovation will result in significantly lower operating costs, the ability to continue all campus functions and activities independent of potential power outages and increased cogeneration efficiency. The cogeneration process essentially burns energy once (natural gas), but uses it twice (electricity/thermal) to maximize energy efficiency. Focus: HOPE expects a significant reduction in the cost of its electricity and its overall energy costs as a result of these upgrades. Moreover, the microgrid and its capabilities will serve as a national demonstration site for cogeneration, fuel cell and/or other novel and emerging technologies.

Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter, Traverse City, Michigan $250,000 The funding will be used for a new 22,734 sq. ft. facility, the Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter, the largest homeless shelter in Northern Michigan. The new facility will house 77 individuals with the capacity to house 40 percent more during critical times. The Inn will contain classrooms, training areas, childcare facilities and meeting rooms for case management. The building will house a commercial kitchen for the Meals on Wheels Program, as well as expanded meal options for residents. The new Inn will contain a dedicated Youth Wing, operated in partnership with Third Level Crisis Center, to accommodate the increase in homeless youth in the area.

Harbor Habitat for Humanity, Benton Harbor, Michigan $200,000 This funding will assist Harbor Habitat for Humanity in constructing 30 new homes in the City of Benton Harbor. Costs to complete this project include asbestos removal costs, sidewalk construction, sewer and water hookups, and tree removal and trimming.

Relocation of Michigan Technological University’s A.E Seaman Mineral Museum to the Keweenaw National Historic Park Site $300,000 The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum preserves the mineral and mining heritage of the Lake Superior Copper District in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The funding will help the museum relocate to a new facility within the Quincy Mine unit of the Keweenaw National Historic Park. These historic building were recently restored using HUD Brownfield Economic Development Initiative funds.

City of Saginaw $350,000 Renovation of the YMCA of Saginaw

Detroit Zoo $100,000 Construction of the Ford Education Center for Environmental and Conservatism Education

Labor Museum and Learning Center of Michigan $300,000 Construction and build-out of a museum

Presbyterian Villages of Pontiac $250,000 Improvements to the senior wellness center

Samaritan Center in Detroit $250,000 Renovation of a multipurpose facility

Boysville Neighborhood Centers in Clinton $250,000 Renovations in the centers

City of Detroit $300,000 Revitalization of Eastern Market

Detroit Science Center $500,000 To create a Space Science Discovery Lab

Presbyterian Villages of Michigan $200,000 For construction and building upgrades to its facilities

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan $400,000 For renovations to a research and education facility

Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan $150,000 For construction and facility expansion of the Olympic Village Project

City of Detroit, Michigan $1,050,000 Demolition of unsafe and dangerous buildings

City of East Lansing, Michigan $350,000 Construction of housing units for low-income families

City of Farmington, Michigan $150,000 Trail improvements to Shiawassee Park

City of Farmington, Michigan $350,000 ADA compliance of the Municipal Riverfront Park

City of Ferndale, Michigan $400,000 Expansion of the existing Kulick Community Center

City of Frankfort, Michigan $100,000 For mixed-use development

City of Port Huron, Michigan $250,000 Renovation of areas in conjunction with the city revitalization plan

Jewish Vocational Services, Southfield, Michigan $200,000 Development of assisted housing

Lighthouse of Oakland County, Michigan $400,000 Construction of new homes in Unity Park

Michigan Jewish Institute, West Bloomfield, Michigan $475,000 Improvements to campus buildings and classrooms

MotorCities National Heritage Area in Detroit, Michigan $200,000 Renovations to the Historic Piquette Park

National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Ann Arbor, Michigan $700,000 Development of advanced technologies to the manufacturing base

The Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency, Pontiac, Michigan $200,000 Purchase of 196 Cesar Chavez Avenue

Presbyterian Villages of Redwood, Michigan $350,000 Construction of green housing

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Troy, Michigan $200,000 Material dissemination to homes and classrooms

Walsh College, Troy, Michigan $250,000 For library expansion

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