City of Taylor receives federal grant to build industrial park roads and water main

City of Taylor officials are pleased the community has received a $1.4 million federal grant in public works funds that will be used to construct road and water infrastructure in the Trolley East Industrial Park.

U.S. Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI15) commended the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the funding, which is expected to create 531 jobs and retain 2,370 jobs.

“This critical investment will bring much-needed construction jobs to the region and help the city to improve its infrastructure in order to attract new businesses to the area,” Dingell said. “We know that infrastructure investments, such as the project at Trolley East Industrial Park, have proven to be one of the fastest ways to create jobs and stimulate local economies. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to bring increased infrastructure investment to the 15th District in the future surface transportation bill.”

The City of Taylor, like much of Michigan, has been hit hard by the loss automotive supplier industries in the region and deteriorating industrial infrastructure. This award will improve the infrastructure at Trolley East Industrial Park to help recruit and retain businesses in the northeast section of Taylor.  

The city, through Wade Trim Associates, prepared the application for the EDA grant about 18 months ago. The city’s goal is to rebuild the roads on Trolley Drive East and construct a new water main under I-94 at the Pelham Road corridor, which is consistent with the recommendations of Taylor’s water master plan.

“The two projects would improve the overall Trolley Drive site in terms of economic viability,” said Taylor Mayor Jeffrey P. Lamarand. “EDA grants allow cities to improve sites, make better roads, improve water quality and pressure, make them more marketable and encourage development in the area.”

The estimated cost of the project is $2.8 million, according to Eric Harris of Wade Trim. Half of the work would be funded by the grant. The other half would be funded by the city through Act 51 major road funds and city water and sewer funds.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the most recent infrastructure investment passed by Congress, has invested $982 million in infrastructure improvements in Michigan thus far, funding 992 projects, and creating or saving 9,387 jobs.