USDA - Rural Housing Service (RHS) has received an application for financial assistance from the
Village of Marcellus, Cass County, Michigan. The Village is proposing to raze two structures on two
lots. The addresses of the two lots are 150 E. Main Street and 144 E. Main Street in the Village of
Marcellus. The Village of Marcellus also owns a third lot located on E. Main Street. The third lot is
bare and contiguous to 150 E. Main Street. The Village of Marcellus will build a park at the location
of the three lots. The Village of Marcellus has labeled this the “Village Commons” project. Once
completed, the Village Commons will serve as a gathering place and destination in the heart of
The Rural Housing Service has determined that the proposal will have an adverse effect on the
Marcellus Historic District, a property considered eligible for listing in the National Register of
Historic Places as a relatively intact late 19th century commercial center. This proposed demolition of
150 E. Main will remove a contributing resource, leaving a void in the continuity of buildings that
comprise the eligible district.
Written comments can be provided to:
USDA Rural Development Area Office
3260 Eagle Park Drive, Suite 107
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Written comments must be received by Saturday, April 25th, 2015.
For further information concerning the Notice, contact Paul Bristol, Area Specialist, at (616) 942-
4111 extension 122.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program
Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html,
or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter
containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter
to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence
Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at