I'm all for developing/promoting our the downtown, but why would this parking area be altered to put in something not really necessary for downtown? I'm not totally understanding where all this money comes from when there are so many other currently existing thing which need repair and upkeep.
I think this may be a great idea. An ice rink that could be multi-purposed in the summer would be a boom to downtown. I agree with the woman who suggested public restrooms. We have none that I know of downtown.
What downtown NEEDS is public restrooms. As a downtown employee I'm asked constantly for the location of public restrooms. If you want visitors to come then they need to have a "go". Seriously.
The 'Civic Plaza' idea is just great - it should be a very powerful addition to our great City. Lose the surface parking lot, utilize the Decks, put in a Citizen-friendly Plaza that is both attractive and provides utility for everyone to enjoy. How fortunate we are that an idea like this is in play! Keep up the discussion on details of how to make it all work out the best!
I believe the city desperately needs a green space. The idea of a plaza at Cass and State is appealing. Putting the Christmas tree there would be a great improvement. The tree, while lovely, is definitely impairing drivers' view of pedestrians at Cass and Front. This improvement may pull foot traffic further south on Cass and along State. Makes sense to me.
I'm confused. The city keeps saying their broke and we need to get rid of employees who are draining the life out of us. Yet keep coming up with all of these plans that need employees to take care of them after they are built. It is this crazy thing called sustainment money. How about sustaining what we already have like the train and snow plows? My neighborhood went 5 days this past winter without getting plowed and no answer from the city as to why.
I think this is a great idea. I especiallly like the idea of an ice skating pond.
Am from St. Louis, MO originally. They have a wonderful outdoor skating rink in Forest Park (north city)with family skate times, music, hot cocoa sales, and skate rentals. It is always a highlight of the Christmas season to visit and skate as a family.
I'm in full support of a civic square in the proposed area. As for parking goes, that is why we have two parking decks. Downtown TC needs to continue to diversify and this is one way in which it can. It is time to face the facts that Traverse City is rapidly growing and we need to grab spots like this downtown and protect them while making them useful. Also a side note, Traverse City needs to say no to urban sprawl and build up instead specifically in the downtown area.
Stop spending MONEY. The State and Feds are broke. The BRA is a joke. Using Brownfield money for this site is a stretch for why it was created.
What a Great idea!!!
This is a 4 story project with 2 floors of $300,000 condos. Also $850,000 for public bathrooms in a private project...$30,000 maintenance contract for 20 years! No real figures for the square and the DDA is pushing for an OK on the BRA tonite at the Commission meeting at 7. Too many questions, no answers. Where is parking going for the old Millikens lot if this is realized?
Remove parking spaces? When it's already so difficult to find a place to park downtown in that area? Not a wise choice. And as to the gasoline storage tanks polluting ground water, why aren't gas station owners required to remove or repair the tanks?
Hopefully the DDA starts coordinating with the park department. The train is in part being taken out for an ice rink feature in the Con Foster hopefully they coordinate. I am not sure if downtown needs two ice rinks. Right now the only one that ever gets used is on 14th St. If they are going to allow skating in the winter, do it right and rent skates like they do in Grand Rapids.