Arches to become new welcome to city, township - WNEM TV 5

Arches to become new welcome to city, township

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A couple of uniquely designed arches will greet people as they drive into a Mid-Michigan city.

Grand Blanc Mayor Sue Soderstrom said she cannot wait for the sign celebrating both Grand Blanc township and city.

"I'm just really excited for the community, and that's the whole community, the city and the township have worked very hard together," Soderstrom said.

The lighted signs will also honor the mascot of the local high school, the Bobcats.  It's hoped that the signs will draw attention away from the not-very-attractive railroad viaduct above Saginaw Street.

"It's been an eyesore, I’ve been in the community 34 years and people have always complained about how ugly that is and what a horrible entrance to our community," Soderstrom said. "When everything came together it was like, wow, we can have this as a gateway to our community and the viaduct kind of takes a backseat to it."

The assistant city manager for Grand Blanc is confident that placing the arches behind me will do good things for the local economy.

City officials think the sign might attract businesses to the area, pumping dollars into the Grand Blanc community.  

The city raised $170,000 for the arches.  Money officials think was well spent.

"Well, I'm anxious, because it's been a long time in coming," Soderstrom said.

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