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Bob Maxey

Realtors look for a few good ideas


August 22, 2013
The Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors is looking for a few good ideas, and has launched a grant program to help bring those ideas to life.

The board recently announced the Lighter Quicker Cheaper Challenge to encourage individuals, community groups and non-profits to focus on the concept of “placemaking.” The program will award grants up to $1,000 to fund projects that encourage people to gather and socialize.


“Years ago the town square was the place where people would naturally gather,” explained Mario Como, president of the Grosse Pointe Board. “This grant is meant to encourage the creation or improvement of that type of meeting space.”

Grants will be awarded to those projects that reflect the name of the campaign, Como said, meaning they should be quick and easy to implement with a small capital investment.

Some ideas for projects include landscaping, street furniture, art installation or temporary events like an art show.

Projects are not limited to those in Grosse Pointe.

“The GPBR covers the area from Grosse Pointe up to Port Huron, and we’ll be accepting applications from anyone in that area,” Como said.

The GPBR is sponsoring the program in conjunction with the Michigan Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Information and applications are available online, gpbr.com or by calling Bobbi Sexton, (313) 882-8000, ext. 10. The deadline for applying is Monday, Sept. 30.


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