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Support the Alley Project? Vote Here!

Saline Main Street can win $2,000 to support a plan to beautify the alley behind the downtown businesses on the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Ann Arbor Street.

Would you like to see the alley behind Brecon Grille beautified with lights, tables, plants, decorations, an arch and more?

Saline residents can help make it a reality by voting for the project at the Michigan Municipal League's "Let's Save Michigan" placemaking contest page.

The contest will award $2,000 to fund the project of one grand prize winner, and will grant multiple awards, ranging from $500 to $2000, to partially or fully fund the projects of runners-up.

The alley project is the Saline Main Street program's first.

To vote for the project, click here.

Here's a snippet of the project's description, from the Alley Project page:

The Alley is in the heart of our downtown in the space behind five businesses that front Michigan Avenue, our town’s Main Street. The businesses that border the alley include: 2 restaurants, a tuxedo rental shop, a bakery, a pet grooming service and a vacant pizza franchise. Near the alley is a parking lot which serves as the home to our seasonal Farmers Market.

The buildings that border the alley are three, two and one story, creating a dark and narrow passageway. The alley is currently used as a cut-through to access the back doors to the buildings, as a through-way for trash hauling and deliveries, and as a place for employees to smoke. It is home to a cluster of newspaper boxes, weeds and a large abandoned wooden flower box. There are drainage issues with the current cement and brick pavers. The buildings feature windows on all floors and exterior staircases for upper floor access.

We hope to improve and beautify an underutilized, forgotten space in downtown Saline into a much needed community gathering space by forging community partnerships and cooperation.

The "Alley Project" is the first project of Saline's Michigan Main Street program.

Mary Hess May 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Years ago when George Anderson was Mayor (we City council) paved and put lights in the alley. I beleive late seventies. Liking to seeing a arch, new lights, and decorations in this walkway. and the taxpayers paying for it are two different things. The city is asking city employees to pay more for their benifits and cutting back employees. The city it appears plans on borrowing close to a million dollars, and putting off other needed equipment. SALINE HAS MONEY PROBLEMS. I like police and DPW workers and need them. Let the alley promoters come up with the money to pay for this and I will like it a lot more

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