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By Stephen Buckbee on 2009-04-08
I am enjoying your site. We have a long way to go, I think this is a great idea that will generate new information and ideas.
Looking forward to working with your organization.
In the “Environmentally Challenged Sites” What is leaking? Where from where to where is it leaking? Some of this property owned by the city correct? What is a Part 201 Contaminated Site?
By interact on 2009-05-01
What is the schedule for additional activity?
By citizenx on 2009-05-07
Back in February, at the Planning Commission meeting, B&R said they were going to hold a charrette in May. Now it seems like the next major action is the June PC meeting. So is your current timetable on track for what you had proposed to do?
By Project Consultant on 2009-05-10
The project schedule was revised from May to June to accommodate the Waterfront Center’s site visit to Escanaba. Since the last meeting we have completed stakeholder and property owner interviews.
By interact on 2009-05-11
Is there going to be any history of Escanaba’s North Shore presented?
By Project Consultant on 2009-05-11
Yes, we plan to have a narrative in the report and in our presentation on the history of the Escanaba waterfront.
By citizenx on 2009-05-14
Why is the “Project Scope of Work” document you have posted for Perrysburg Township, not Escanaba? Is this an example of what is going to happen here, or was the wrong document posted instead? Just curious.
By Project Consultant on 2009-05-15
thanks for bringing this to our attention. Our firm maintains several INTERACT websites and the scope for this project was inadvertently linked to another site.
By citizenx on 2009-06-11
Wednesday night’s Community Open House went well, but it’s too bad that very few regular citizens attended. Both residents and people in surrounding communities should try to get more involved in this process. I also plan on going to the Waterfront Center presentation Thursday night and see what they recommend for Escanaba.
By Howard Smale on 2009-09-25
Isn’t the tax abatement requested by Basic Marine in conflict with plans for northshore development?
Assuming that property owners have been contacted, what have their comments been regarding “partnering” on future development?
When is the next public meeting on this project.
Isn’t the study falling behind?
By Project Consultant on 2009-09-29
We will be submitting a preliminary draft for review next week. The draft summarizes information collected through this summer and information gleaned from community meetings and the stakeholder interviews. Regarding the schedule - we are behind by a month.
Regarding Basic Marine - we do not see any reason to abandon a working waterfront and would encourage investment in existing businesses in the Northshore.
By Esky Girl on 2009-10-09
It would be great if the city would construct a wide paved bike and walking trail throughout the properties. A series of “stopping off” points could be constructed with benches and drinking fountains (possibly restrooms). Some of the “stopping off” locations could include informational signboards that tell the history of each industry and explain the sight that the viewer is looking at.
A bike rental business could be established in town ( either private or city-owned) at the start of the trail. Perhaps a playground or picnic area could be located midway as a biking-walking destination point. If the water near the shoreline is accessible maybe kayaks could be rented as well. Guided tours could be made available.
(The city of Anchorage, Alaska has bike trails very similar to the above suggestions.)
By Howard Smale on 2010-01-05
What is next, and when? Are the results of the October 8, 2009 meeting summarized? Thanks.
By Project Consultant on 2010-01-08
The comments from the October 2009 meeting were considered when preparing the draft report. The preliminary draft report will be discussed at the January 14, 2010 Planning Commission meeting.
By Chris Williams on 2010-03-04
I agree with Esky Girl regarding a bike path. The north shore area is a perfect opportunity to connect Ludington Park and the downtown area to northern neighborhoods and potentially Bay College. We should work toward a goal of providing biking and walking paths in every development opportunity. The city of Cincinnati and surrounding communities is another great example of how to incorporate biking and walking paths. They have more than 170 miles of trails connecting suburbs to one another with commerce (eateries, shops, etc) along specific areas of the trails. It would be great to one day connect Gladstone and Escanaba with a commuter trail, this could be a start.