Renovation on Milan’s Community House made possible through grants

Photo by Joyce Ervin  Photographed is the city-owned Community House located on Neckel Court that will soon be receiving updates to the kitchen and bathroom and mold remediation services.

Photo by Joyce Ervin
Photographed is the city-owned Community House located on Neckel Court that will soon be receiving updates to the kitchen and bathroom and mold remediation services.

By Joyce Ervin

The Milan Historic Commission will soon begin remediation and renovation on the Community House thanks to two grants totaling nearly $13,000.
The Community House is part of the city-owned Henry Ford buildings and qualified the building to receive an approximate $7,000 MotorCities grant. The building falls under the umbrella of MotorCities National Heritage Area and is an affiliate of the National Park Service.
The funds are specified to be used for new bathroom and kitchen flooring, fixtures and painting.  To help defray costs, an historic commission member donated five gallons of paint for the project.
Linda Gilson and Sara Ford wrote the grant proposal and it was forwarded to city manager, Jade Smith and Eva Bedford for submission since it is city property.
Mayor Michael Armitage made application for a grant to the Greater Milan Area Foundation.  They gave $7,500 to be used for mold remediation and a dehumidifier.
There is still much work to be done to bring the building into full use and its former glory.  However, the commission is pleased with the good start.
A new heating unit was installed in 2014 and receives regular maintenance.  The building is now free of pests and remains on a 30-day maintenance plan.
Bob Grostick, building official and DPW director, did an inspection of the facility and advised the commission of immediate needs for the building last June.  Still needed are a stove and refrigerator that have to be replaced. The estimated cost of commercial grade appliances is approximately $3,000.
Highlighting Milan’s Ford heritage is on the commission’s agenda, but members are also working on legislation for historic districting that will allow for more monies to be sought through grants.
The historic commission meetings are open to the public and are held at6:30 p.m. at City Hall on the second Thursday of the month.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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