Authority would help continued development of US-23 South corridor

While much of the attention on economic development around Alpena these days seems to always turn to the M-32 corridor, another area receiving a lot of attention and care is US-23 South.

A group of property owners, business leaders and civic-minded groups have joined together along US-23 and are trying to add attractive landscaping, painting and cleaning to the area. More lighting, better signage and easier access on and off the highway are other desires of this group, who all are taking pride in the area they live and/or work. Right now the group is trying to form a corridor improvement authority which would bring all the volunteers together under one umbrella. The authority also would have access to potential grants and loans that the volunteers are unable to pursue.

A meeting on their efforts is scheduled for Tuesday, 6 p.m., at the Alpena Mall.

“We want to see US-23 South be as nice an entrance into the city as it can be,” said Bob Young, one of the proponents of the authority, in a newspaper story Thursday. “The framework is almost in place and with a little more support from the people of the area and (Alpena Township) we can finish what was started and make the corridor something everyone can be proud of.”

A lot of good work has happened there already. A lot more is planned, and the authority would benefit those efforts.