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The Saginaw-Oakland Commercial Association takes more steps to “Spruce Up” Lansing

Monday, August 1, 2016   (0 Comments)
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SOCA Announces 2016 Spruce Up Grant Recipients

Winners of the Saginaw-Oakland Commercial Association (SOCA) 2016 Spruce Up Grants were announced today. 2016 marks the second year of this exciting opportunity for businesses along the Saginaw-Oakland Corridor to “spruce up” the exterior of buildings with the help of grants distributed by SOCA. This year there were two kinds of grants available: two grants of $500 and one grant for $1000.

The $1,000 Spruce Up Grant was awarded to H. Inc for an ambitious project intended to landscape the hill between the railroad and Prudden Street along Oakland. The landscaping will require the removal of  weed brush and a re-working of the hill to allow for new plants and ornamental grasses.

Stephen Purchase of H Inc. shared his gratitude for the help SOCA offered stating, "H Inc. and the Prudden Tech Centre would like to thank SOCA for its generous contribution toward our efforts to beautify a key stretch of the Oakland corridor. We look forward to adding a splash of color to welcome commuters on their way downtown and to Lansing’s West Side."

The two $500 grants were awarded to the Biggby at 2002 W. Saginaw, and the El Azteco at 1016 West Saginaw. Both Biggby and El Azteco intend to put the funds toward basic repairs and signage. They also expressed enthusiastic thanks for SOCA’s help in making Lansing’s Westside more beautiful.

Biggby owner, Paula Thompson had this to say about the award, “BIGGBY at the Point is thrilled to accept one of the Spruce Up Grants for 2016. We are proud of our success at the entrance to the Saginaw/Oakland Corridor for the past 9 years and we are honored that SOCA would partner with us to keep our property looking great!“

El Azteco owner, Bobbi London responded, “I’m really grateful for the investment SOCA is making in El Azteco! We have been honored to be a part of the Lansing community for nearly 35 years and are thrilled for the opportunity to make a restaurant Lansing already knows and loves even better.“

To qualify for Spruce Up Grants, and to benefit from the many other ways the Saginaw-Oakland Commercial Association supports local businesses along the corridor, you must be a current SOCA member. The online application for SOCA membership can be found at


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