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The Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS® (AAABoR) and the City of Milan and Milan Main Street have collaborated to activate a new “little park” on Main Street in Milan, Michigan, funded through a placemaking grant from the National Association of REALTORS®.

With the $5,000 placemaking grant, the City of Milan has been able to transform a previously vacant lot on Main Street into a beautiful gathering spot for the community to enjoy various activities, including general gathering for conversation, a cup of coffee, eating meals, and more. The grant provided funds for transforming the plot of land into a green space with user friendly amenities including tables, chairs, lights and plants. AAABoR President Jodie Franklin of Workhorse Realty, LLC, Board CEO Tom Renkert, AAABoR Director and Affiliate member Monica Juleff of Liberty Title and REALTOR® member Angela McLaughlin of Real Estate One worked to activate the lot prior to the opening by helping to assemble the tables and chairs for the park.

The park was officially opened at the Milan 3rd Thursday gathering on July 19, 2019. Board President Jodie Franklin, Board CEO Tom Renkert and REALTOR® volunteers presented the $5,000 check to Milan City Administrator Jade Smith and Jill Tewsley of the Milan Area Chamber at the kick-off of the Third Thursday event. REALTOR® members were in attendance to help greet park visitors during the event. Volunteers included President Jodie Franklin of Workhorse Realty, LLC, Laurie Buys of The Charles Reinhart Company, Julie Gagne of RE/MAX Platinum, Kirk Keebler of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Snyder and Company, Megan Mazurek of The Charles Reinhart Company, Kari Newman of The Charles Reinhart Company, and Dennis O’Hare from The More Group MI.