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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2016

Boyne City’s ‘Boyne on the Water’ PlacePlan Now Available Online

Michigan Municipal League posts project at placemaking.mml.org

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Boyne City’s “Boyne on the Water” PlacePlan project is now available for public viewing at placemaking.mml.org.

The Michigan Municipal League posted the Boyne on the Water PlacePlan report today along with PlacePlans projects from six other communities (Benton Harbor, Traverse City, Saginaw, Monroe, Niles and Lathrup Village). Information about grants to implement similar PlacePlans in Allegan, Dearborn, Kalamazoo and Sault Sainte Marie are also available. You can check them all out here: http://placemaking.mml.org/place-plans/.

“Our communities already have so many great assets and the PlacePlans year-long process focuses on an existing asset and recommends ways to make it even better,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. “The plans also reflect the needs and wants of the local community members who were involved throughout the process. We’re excited about the opportunities and possibilities the plans represent in these communities.”

PlacePlans is a joint effort between the Michigan Municipal League and Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction, and is led at the state agency level by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). It is a program to help communities design and implement transformative placemaking projects to focus economic development efforts around walkable downtown districts.

“The PlacePlans program fosters collaboration from local individuals to make their communities feel like home. It’s inspiring to see the innovative and creative work generated by leaders and residents in these communities—Benton Harbor, Boyne City, Lathrup Village, Monroe, Niles, Saginaw and Traverse City,” said Gary Heidel, chief placemaking officer for MSHDA. “Hopefully these PlacePlans can become reality and build upon the positive placemaking work already happening in these cities.”

This current round of PlacePlans work began about a year ago when Boyne City was among six communities selected to receive technical assistance from university faculty and students, professional consultants and League staff.

The Boyne City project used input from residents and business owners at multiple community meetings to create a vision for an under-realized and disconnected waterfront area that will engage audiences and create unique, memorable, and welcoming experiences for residents and visitors alike.

“What I really liked about our PlacePlans process, Boyne on the Water, was the vast amount of community collaboration and public input that was encouraged throughout,” said Michael Cain, Boyne City city manager. “This has given us clear direction and guidance for our waterfront and how to better connect it to the rest of the city.”

The final PlacePlan is both a vision for improving Boyne City’s waterfront public space and a placemaking strategy to improve on the success of the downtown. It includes a conceptual design for four distinct properties and connections between them, recommendations for policy updates that can support the design and a discussion of funding opportunities.

“Combined with our recent community goal setting process, and channeling the energy of numerous local people who helped make Boyne on the Water possible, I am confident our PlacePlan will be very valuable in helping make our waterfront even more of a source of community pride.” Cain continued.  “With all the things going on involving the future of Boyne City’s waterfront right now the timing for having a shared community vision couldn’t be better.  Boyne City owes a huge debt of thanks to both the MML and MSHDA for this great opportunity.  I look forward to welcoming them back to Boyne in a few years to see all that we have accomplished!”

Boyne City’s Boyne on the Water PlacePlan is also available to the public on the city’s website, www.cityofboynecity.com, at the Boyne City City Hall, the Boyne District Library and at both the Boyne City Middle and High School media centers.

Those interested in being active in helping turn Boyne on the Water from a PlacePlan to a PlaceReality can contact Boyne City Executive Assistant Barb Brooks at bbrooks@boyencity.com or (231) 582-0336 to learn how.

For more information, go to placemaking.mml.org or contact Matt Bach, League director of media relations, at 734-669-6317 or mbach@mml.org.


The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.

About Michigan Municipal League:
Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.

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