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Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 : 5:56 a.m.

Dexter applies for CDBG for redevelopment plan for Broad and Forest Street properties

By Lisa Allmendinger

Dexter Village is applying for $13,200 in Community Development Block Grant funding to help plan the redevelopment of the DAPCO/Tupper properties that the village owns on Broad Street.

The former 35,000 square foot former industrial facility is about a block from downtown and adjacent to a park along the Mill Creek at 2045 Broad St. Currently, there are several tenants renting the space.

The village also has purchased three homes on nearby Forest Street that will be added to the redevelopment area.

According to the application, “a plan will also help to determine what is the most feasible and practical alternative for the property.”

Councilman Paul Cousins said, “It’s an old site and there are a number of possibilities. I don’t want us to piece meal this thing together.”

OHM will provide a building and site evaluation, design concept alternatives, economic and market feasibility and a narrative recommendation, according to information provided to the Village Council.

“As we see the redevelopment of the park and the changes in the area around here and on Broad Street … I look forward to seeing what the company (OHM) has to say and then we can have an honest evaluation of the site,” he said. “This is a good example of the merit and example of having our staff attend regional economic development and planning meetings, which is where I believe we found out about this grant,” said Councilman Jim Carson.

The village has agreed to a $13,250 match.

If the funding is approved, “The next step will be a contract with OHM and they are ready to hit the ground running. The first task will be to evaluate the structure,” said Village Manager Donna Dettling.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Dexter stories, visit our Dexter page.