Proposed Pedestrian Bridge Earns State Grant

The proposed pedestrian bridge between St. Joseph and Benton Harbor is getting some help from the state. The Michigan Strategic Fund Board this week approved a $1.2 million performance-based grant to be used in conjunction with a $35 million Whirlpool project to build a state-of-the-art lab and office facility and make renovations at its Project Tech location. The St. Joseph City Commission has green-lighted the bridge over the Paw Paw River, but the Benton Harbor City Commission slammed the brakes on it last week, wanting more answers and questioning why Harbor Shores reps didn’t make the presentation about it to them. Instead, it was Cornerstone Alliance’s Greg Vaughn who spoke at their most recent meeting. The state grant was announced by Representative Kim LaSata.