Streetscape Update

***ATTENTION***

March 7, 2018

The DDA walk through the downtown area (March 7, 2018) to visit and discuss the streetscape with business and property owners has been cancelled. We will reschedule soon. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The following letter was sent to property owners who may be affected by the sreetscape design:

February 20, 2018

Dear Property Owner,

On Wednesday March 7, 2018 representatives from the Tuscarora Township DDA, Cheboygan County Road Commission and OHM Consultants/Beckett & Raeder will be canvassing S. Straits Hwy to talk to property owners that may be impacted by the new streetscape design. We would like to review options and ideas and make sure that you understand what is being planned. Someone will be stopping by your business or residence to review preliminary sketches.

If you will not be available please feel free to respond to this letter at dda@tuscaroratwp.com, supervisor@tuscaroratwp.com or call Mike Ridley at 231-238-7088. It is vitally important to communicate our ideas and your input is necessary to keep this project moving forward.

Sincerely,

Tuscarora Township Downtown Development Authority

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Please contact a member of the DDA if you have concerns.

The public input meetings were held January 15 & 16 at the Inland Lakes Elementary School. Approximately 100 people attended over the two nights and by in large the comments and input was positive. The Downtown Development Authority will be working with property owners addressing concerns regarding parking and possible effects of the sidewalks on business.

The DDA will update this website as information becomes available but if you have any concerns or input that you feel would benefit the vision for moving this project forward please come to a DDA meeting. They are held the third Monday of every month and the full schedule is available on the DDA website. The names of the DDA Board Members is also available so feel free to conbtact hem with your concerns, as well.

Below are some notes taken from the public meeting by Tim Knutsen of Beckett and Raeder. Dave Boyle of OHM (formerly NDG) will be providing some more notes and they will be posted soon. To see a pdf of the presentation from the meeting please click here.

Summary of the sticky note comments we received at the meetings

      “ Bus Parking Downtown”

        “Important to connect Cross in Village to town (even if they help) for walking traffic and also to                     encourage tourists to go downtown.”

-Sheree Lincoln, Brass Wind Landing

“Need to accommodate bicycles coming thru town, trail doesn’t work.”

-R. Lincoln

“At bumpouts: where does cross traffic stop? If stopped behind crowsswalk, driver cannot see traffic. Driver must pull forward blocking cross walk hile trying to determine if it is safe to proceed.”

-Darryl Pfister,

                                 “While considering safety & connecting places of interest, consider people                    

                                   walking to  Green Docks or Prospect.”

“Any chance of improving the safety of where the North Central Trail crosses M-68? Striping, caution light? Other?

-Dorothy Johnson

“Will a flashing yellow be added to help at cross areas”

“Do not like bump outs. Snow plowing narrow at corner where it should be wider.”


“Why not a bumpout to correspond with South St?”

“What do we do with pavement in front of our buildings across from South S(south side)?

“Accessibility to Marina Park off of Straits Hwy?”

-Kristin S.                

“(Regarding the memorial park on the east side of M-68. Across from Lake St.): “Not possible. Need to leave as green space for community events and town Christmas tree.”

-Sallie Snyder

“To Twp. Supervisors, Enforce the existing blight ordinance! Especially south of town on Straits Hwy…”

Subject:

Tuscarora Twp, DDA – Preliminary Streetscape Design Public Forum #1

Date:

January 15, 2018

Time:

7:00pm

Location:

Inland Lakes Elementary School


Name:

Beckett & Raeder, Inc./OHM Advisors

Time slot:

Topic:

Notes:


Questions from the Audience:



  • What is the overall cost?

Have not developed at this point.


  • Utilities: Why isn’t there a plan to move these first?

Want to have a plan so the project can dictate to the utilities the corridor they need to be in.


  • Underground utilities: How does this get done?

Will be part of the plan that will be reviewed with the utilities. May not be able to get all underground.


  • How do other communities do it? (Find Money)

They are all different, will structure with the resources the township has.


  • Is this going to be phased? (What construction will look like)

This is a design item, but will look at block to block or section to section to minimize the down time in areas.


  • Money: Where is it coming from?

The have $351,000 in pocket – will use this to leverage other funding sources.


  • Clean up the area before coming into town?

Enforce ordinances and blight


  • Power lines in the alleys: Why not?

This is an area that will be explored.


  • Traffic: How will it be handled?

This area will be reviewed with the next phase of conceptual design.


  • How will bump out be plowed?

Will design so that they can, will take some time to work through the best method.


  • More Businesses would be desired outcome.

Some discussion on this


  • A lot of people during the summer – connections not good right now.

That will be part of the final design is to make these connections and user friendly.


  • Lot of discussion concerning the businesses doing T.L.C to help this process.

 

Next meeting:

January 16, 2018

 

Subject:

Tuscarora Twp, DDA – Preliminary Streetscape Design Public Forum #1

Date:

January 15, 2018

Time:

7:00pm

Location:

Inland Lakes Elementary School

  

Name:

Beckett & Raeder, Inc./OHM Advisors

Time slot:

Topic:

Notes:


Questions from the Audience:



  • What is the overall cost?

Have not developed at this point.


  • Utilities: Why isn’t there a plan to move these first?

Want to have a plan so the project can dictate to the utilities the corridor they need to be in.


  • Underground utilities: How does this get done?

Will be part of the plan that will be reviewed with the utilities. May not be able to get all underground.


  • How do other communities do it? (Find Money)

They are all different, will structure with the resources the township has.


  • Is this going to be phased? (What construction will look like)

This is a design item, but will look at block to block or section to section to minimize the down time in areas.


  • Money: Where is it coming from?

The have $351,000 in pocket – will use this to leverage other funding sources.


  • Clean up the area before coming into town?

Enforce ordinances and blight


  • Power lines in the alleys: Why not?

This is an area that will be explored.


  • Traffic: How will it be handled?

This area will be reviewed with the next phase of conceptual design.


  • How will bump out be plowed?

Will design so that they can, will take some time to work through the best method.


  • More Businesses would be desired outcome.

Some discussion on this


  • A lot of people during the summer – connections not good right now.

That will be part of the final design is to make these connections and user friendly.


  • Lot of discussion concerning the businesses doing T.L.C to help this process.

 

Subject:

Tuscarora Twp, DDA – Preliminary Streetscape Design Public Forum #2

Date:

January 16, 2018

Time:

7:00pm

Location:

Inland Lakes Elementary School

  

Name:

Beckett & Raeder, Inc./OHM Advisors

Time slot:

Topic:

Notes:


Questions from the Audience:



  • South Ave Bump Out: Slow Traffic?

That is the one of functions.


  • Low number of businesses so parking not a problem now: Need to plan for future.


  • Hoping business will clean up after improvements.


  • Should there be a theme for downtown?

Need to explore this.


  • Cost of the utilities: don’t need this plan first?

This project is going to set the plan, will require utilities into corridors we establish.


  • Utilities take away from the aesthetics downtown.


  • Is moving the poles to the alley an option?

It will be something that will be looked at.


  • Phasing: Will there be?

This will be part of the design to look into minimizing the disruptions.


  • Concerned that the project will be designed, then figured out not enough money redesigned.

Next step conceptual design will address project cost. A budget of available money will be established and the project will be structured to stay within the parameters.


  • Considerable discussion on underground conduit.

All part of working with the utilities.


  • Is the Road Commission going to front some money?

No determination about this at this point.


  • Availability of financing from the utilities to pay for relocations?

No discussions concerning this yet.


  • Business plan to bring businesses to town?


  • Will there be an upgrade to the wayfinding to business?

Will be reviewed.


  • Need better connections to existing tourist facilities.

Part of the final plan will provide these connections.


  • Dock connection is needed.


  • Will grant sources be looked into?

Yes, every avenue to be considered.


  • Budget, Budget, Budget


  • Want to see something done.


  • Are multiple sources of funding going to be explored?

Yes.

 END OF MEETING PUBLIC INPUT


Preliminary engineering plans are in development for the Streetscape with tentative construction dates starting sometime in late 2018 and/or early 2019. The Tuscarora Township Downtown Development Authority is eager to hear your thoughts on developing the plan. The most effective way to have your voice heard is to attend one of two meetings to be held at the Inland Lakes Elementary School on January 15 or January 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. This is your town and you have a vested interest in how it looks!

The DDA liaison is Dan Nivelt who will be staying in contact with Northwest Design Group's Dave Boyle and Beckett & Rader's Tim Knutson who are the principle engineers for the Streetscape. Feel free to contact Dan or any member of the DDA Board with your concerns. You may also email the board at dda@tuscaroratwp.com.

The proposed plans will begin at the north end of town (River St.) and finish at the corner of M-68 and S. Straits Hwy.  The components of the plan are new, wider sidewalks on both sides of the road, new street lighting and relocation of the utility lines and poles. The plans for the utilities are tentative, but the desired result is to reduce the number of line crossings over Straits Hwy. from approximately forty-five to five. This would entail moving a majority of the poles to the east side of the road. Other strategies have been discussed and we will update the website as the plan becomes clearer.

We will be updating this site within a week after each DDA meeting. There is also a supplemental site that may be viewed for more current and historical information regarding the streetscape project at . https://indianriverddastreetscape.blogspot.com/



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