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Nate Elkins
120 East Front Street
2nd Floor Loft
PO Box 1507
Traverse City, MI 49685
(231) 944-4114

Megan Olds
(231) 409-7885

Ashlea Walter

Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C (810) 874-1073;


Public Invited to Share Feedback on Conceptual Plans for Traverse City's City Lot Property

Traverse City, MI —The public is invited to attend a family-friendly Open House to review newly created conceptual drawings for the future use and design the Traverse City-owned City Lot property on Tuesday, November 10th at the Workshop Brewing Company, located at 221 Garland Street, Traverse City. Community members can stop by anytime between 4:00-6:30 p.m.

The “City Lot” property is owned by the City of Traverse City. It is located along West Front Street between Little Bohemia Restaurant and Oak Street. The property includes the existing fire station, an adjacent building that houses some County offices that deliver public services, a parking area, an alley, open green space, and a portion of Kids Creek.

Traverse City’s City Lot property is one of seven places in Michigan that received a PlacePlans grant from the Michigan Municipal League in 2015. The purpose of the grant is to help the community design and plan for the area in a way that supports a strong sense of place. The PlacePlans are done with support from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Governor Snyder’s MIplace Partnership. Originally, this grant focused on the future of the green space on the property, yet it evolved to include the entire City-owned property in response to public input and in consideration of the relationship of the property to the character and economic vitality of the West Front Street District.

At the public Open House, three conceptual designs that offer alternative visions for the future use of the property will be shared. Community members encouraged to attend the open house to review and share their feedback on the designs.

Blackbird Arts will also be hosting a guided community arts activity to elicit feedback about personal connections and visions for City Lot. The activity will end with the creation of a collaborative piece of art.

Community members will also be able to share their opinions and preferences regarding the conceptual plans via a short online questionnaire that will be released on November 10th.

The conceptual plans that are being presented are not action plans. They are meant to help identify the community’s vision and stimulate dialogue and inform future decision-making. Copies of the conceptual designs and outcomes of the public input shared throughout the project will be shared with governmental leaders for their review and consideration as they evaluate and make decisions about the future use, design and investments related to West Front Street, the fire station, the office building, Kids Creek, and the rest of the City Lot property.

To learn more about the City Lot project, or to share your ideas and comments, please visit:

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