Efforts to reinvent and expand the village of Ada are well underway.

As part of the project, Ada Drive is now closed for it to be raised to meet requirements for the 100-year flood plain.

But leaders say it will all be worth the wait.

For Ken Dixon, it means a new office for Dixon Architecture. He's one of the many current business owners taking advantage of the re-designed Village which currently lacks a "downtown" area.

"That's the essence of this project to create an authentic village that serves the community in a walkable manner," Dixon said.

The project includes a new specialty grocery store, health care center and more retail and office space. Right now, the existing businesses face away from the water, but will soon be opened up to face a new park.

Township supervisor George Haga says a road will be built behind it.

"Which will be called river street and will separate businesses from a new public park that's being developed for the enjoyment of community along the river," Haga said.

The Ada Drive construction is expected to wrap up in May. Businesses will be open during that time. The first phase of the $13 million project is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.

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