The Corridor Improvement Authority of Meridian holds first anniversary meeting

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The Corridor Improvement Authority of Meridian celebrated their first anniversary on March 28 with another monthly meeting.

According to the Meridian Township website, the CIA was established to correct and prevent deterioration in business districts. The CIA consists of five to nine residents. A minimum of two residents is required, and the others must have land ownership or business interest along the newly proposed corridor on Grand River.

The CIA is looking to make several changes to Meridian Township. They are looking to improve the lighting on the streets, add benches and some banners across the town.

“Once you get to Meridian, it’s darker and behind the times,” said CIA board member Chris Buck. “How do we get Meridian to keep up with its neighbors?”

A motion was passed by all members in which the CIA will write a letter to Consumer’s Energy, requesting they come do a lighting study for Meridian Township’s section of Grand River Avenue.

Grand River Avenue is getting ready for a makeover. Photo by Brandon Rothenberg

For the construction project at Okemos and Jolly Road, the road will be widened, and there will be several right turn lanes added as well. The project will run through the whole summer, so be prepared to take alternate routes if you are going to be in the area.

Redi-Ride, a program run by CATA, is an advanced reservation service that will pick up residents for the same price as a fixed-route service. For only $1.25, residents can schedule a one-way ride, which is much cheaper than alternatives such as an Uber or Lyft. With the new expansion of Redi-Ride this fall, the price will increase from $1.25 to $2.50.

“It sounds very affordable and can definitely benefit some of our older population, as well as our handicap population,” said Chris Nugent, a board member of the CIA.

The Redi-Ride program will expand their hours of operation for a plan that is set to go into effect this fall, according to Ronald Styka, a member of the CIA.

Each board member was given a binder with a full list of meetings, calendar, Meridian Township by-laws, and much more. This will make it easier for the board to keep organized and for everyone to stay on the same page.

“We’ve gotten a lot started, and there’s a lot of good to come ahead of us,” said Buck.

The next Corridor Improvement Authority meeting will be held Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Central Fire Station.

For more information on the Corridor Improvement Authority, visit http://www.meridian.mi.us/government/boards-and-commissions/corridor-improvement-authority

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