Village officials excited over early progress on RR Square project

Dennis Mansfield

KALKASKA – Few, if any construction projects, go completely as planned. That’s also the case with the ongoing redevelopment project of the 300 Block of South Cedar Street in downtown Kalkaska.

First, there’s Mother Nature, with winter conditions — including snow — still gripping northern Michigan as recently as last week. That caused work crews to bring in special heaters to help thaw areas, as well as covering concrete that had just recently been poured to protect it from freezing temperatures at night.

Add in the COVID-19 pandemic that, at least temporarily, put the brakes on the $3.5-million redevelopment project almost as soon as it started in early March. Even the discovery of an old fuel tank on the site of the former chamber of commerce office provided for a small road bump for work crews.

But, at the Kalkaska Village Council meeting on Monday village officials stated work on the project is progressing well and that they still hope to complete the effort this year.

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