Let’s Save Michigan is happy to announce a new winner of a $500 award in the It’s About Place Placemaking contest, the Saline Alley Project. The Saline Main Street Design team has big plans for an unused alley which they hope to upgrade and incorporate into the city’s downtown district. Located on South Ann Arbor Street and adjacent to several businesses, organizers are turning the alley into an attractive, quaint, and cozy community gathering place where visitors can rest, relax and enjoy their downtown experience.
Due to issues gaining control of the proposed property, the original winner of the $500 prize, Innovation Square, had to back out (but we hope to hear from them again next time we run a similar contest). It’s About Place organizers awarded the prize money to the Saline Alley Project, which had been the judges’ next choice.
Already moving full steam ahead, the Saline Main Street Design team used the design that they had submitted to our contest in the spring to leverage other donations from the community. Organizers reached out to the Saline Rotary Club whose members voted to donate $1,200 to the Alley Project. The Rotary International District 6380 is also planning to donate an additional $600. Organizers are bringing together the City of Saline and the adjacent business owners to bring the alley beautification plans to life.
Let’s Save Michigan is so proud to see organizers of the Saline Alley Project ready to hit the ground running. By turning excitement around their design into tangible support, organizers are creating the community engagement we love to see in a project. We can’t wait to see this beautiful addition to Saline!