SCOTTVILLE — The City of Scottville is looking into other options for acquiring the Optimist Club building and grounds for the development of a community park after learning that the funds for the project are not likely to come from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

That’s according to new City Manager Courtney Magaluk, who stated in the notes for Monday’s city commission meeting that the city’s application for a $141,300 acquisition grant from DNR “will likely not be awarded.”

Magaluk said the grant would not support the purchase and improvements to the Scottville Optimist building — a key element of the project both the city and the Optimists — because building renovations are in line with the goals and purposes of the grant.

On Monday, Magaluk will recommend that the city commission and the Scottville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) authorize exploration of potential funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

“At this time, I am seeking formal authorization from the city commission and DDA to submit a letter of intent to MEDC to explore grant funding for the property acquisition and improvements,” Magaluk stated, noting that the request is still a very preliminary part of the process.

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