Sen. Zorn applauds crowdfunding effort for Milan town square project

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday said area families can help support the creation of a new town square and all-season gathering space in downtown Milan through a new crowdfunding campaign.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and local nonprofit Moving Milan Forward recently announced the campaign, which is being offered through the Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

Crowdfunding is the practice of raising funds for a project through small donations from a large number of people, typically via the internet.

“The proposed new town square would be a vibrant place for families to gather in downtown Milan and would help attract more people and opportunities to the community,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I applaud Moving Milan Forward and state officials for their hard work on this improvement project, and I want to remind local residents that they have about two months to help make it a reality.”

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by Oct. 24, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. Residents can visit for project details and to donate.

The proposed town square would be on one level with six large planters to provide plenty of greenery. The project would also make several important improvements to add to the space and make it more available for all seasons and times, including adding streetlights, electric lines for events, gas lines for two future fire pits during winter, sprinkler lines and stormwater lines under Tolan Square to keep the space dry.

The Public Spaces Community Places program is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from the MEDC.