TRAVERSE CITY — Start the bidding.
Traverse City is accepting bids for the renovation of its bayfront Clinch Park, part of a years-long effort to redesign the former zoo site. The city will receive sealed bids until July 27 at 10 a.m. for the project's first phase, which includes building and site demotion, construction of water and play areas, landscaping and shoreline upgrades.
The city commission could consider accepting a bid at its Aug. 6 meeting, with construction beginning after Labor Day.
The city raised about $2.6 million for the project, including grant and government funding. Construction of a bathhouse and improvements to the southern entrance of a Cass Street tunnel under Grandview Parkway will be bid separately.
A handful of local and downstate construction companies already requested plans that include information about the project, said Missy Luick, a city planning and engineering assistant. An optional meeting for potential bidders to ask questions will be held July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Governmental Center.
Rerouting the bike trail so it no longer divides the park from the beach is among improvements heralded by project designer Lori Singleton, of Detroit-based consultants Hamilton Anderson Associates. The new route will allow the trail to meander "through the park for a longer period of time" and separate walkers from faster moving cyclists, she said.
"We wanted to make it part of the park experience," she said, of the trail's relocation.
A sculpture depicting a child riding a bike also will be moved from its present spot to the park's western edge so it's spotted as one enters the park, Singleton said. The reworked trail will pass by the sculpture's new site.
The new placement should make the sculpture, commissioned by TART Trails, "more visible," said Pam Darling, the trail group's development director.
"We think it's a good design," she said, of the plans.
The roughly four-acre park also will include a kayak launch with a hydraulic lift to improve accessibility, terraces and big, flat stone along the water to allow visitors to get closer to the water.
"The first and foremost priority of the design is to recognize the importance of the bay to the park," Singleton said.
The city wants to complete the Clinch Park work, including the bathhouse and concession building, by Memorial Day.
TRAVERSE CITY — Start the bidding.
Property owners sue over flooding
A group of Boardman River property owners filed a lawsuit over removal of the Brown Bridge Dam, saying their property values dropped when the river’s water levels rose.Continued ...
TCL&P may spend $15K on land it doesn't want
The city’s electric utility will spend up to $15,000 on a piece of property it hopes to never own — just in case public opposition foils its preferred location for an electrical substation.Continued ...
Teens admit to lewd elevator act
Traverse City police are investigating a report of sexual contact between two teens in a Traverse City Central High School elevator.Continued ...
Fired Munson clinic employee settles lawsuit
A former Munson Medical Center worker recently settled a lawsuit that alleged her civil rights were violated when she was fired from her job at an HIV-AIDS clinic.Continued ...
Free yard waste drop-off offered in Garfield
Garfield Township residents can dispose of yard waste for free starting later this month. No-charge waste passes will be available at Garfield Township Hall starting today through June 4.Continued ...
Forecast: More storms followed by cool temps
Meteorologists say to expect more severe thunderstorms coming through the Grand Traverse region.Continued ...
TC resident wins $5K Art Van Award of Hope
Cecilia Chesney, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan, received $5,000 for her organization and was given the chance to compete for an additional $25,000 through the Art Van Charity Challenge.Continued ...
- Monday, May 20, 2013
Family of woman killed by drunk driver: 'It's just not fair'
Paul Shafer had questions for the drunk driver who killed his wife and mother of his three children. Did he know what it's like to take his children to a graveyard on Mother's Day? Did he know what it's like to have a young daughter ask, "'I don't have a mommy anymore?'"Continued ...
Severe weather possible this afternoon
The spring’s first severe weather could hit the Grand Traverse region today.Continued ...
Sewer rates likely to rise for city residents
City homeowners can expect their base sewer charge to jump over 6 percent beginning in July under a budget proposal before the city commission.Continued ...
Great weather draws thousands to NMC Barbecue
Mother Nature dished up a glorious day for the Northwestern Michigan College Barbecue, the college's annual fundraiser that attracts thousands to its wooded campus.Continued ...
A chance to learn about Peace Ranch
The Senior Center Network and Peace Ranch are partnering for a Spring Hoedown, with square dancing and live entertainment.Continued ...
Leelanau center upgrades old building
The Leelanau Community Cultural Center is keeping stride with modern technology while maintaining the original vintage charm of its Old Art Building.Continued ...
Northern Notes: Visitor seeks car ferry photos for DVD
Frequent northern Michigan vacationer Ted Hayes has put his love for the area into poetry and song and is moving forward with his second DVD featuring the area.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 19, 2013
New TC manager earned his gray along the way
Jered Ottenwess described himself during his interview for Traverse City manager as soft-spoken, lacking years of experience and perhaps not the most charismatic person.Continued ...
Ex-oil exec sees perilous energy future for U.S.
America is headed for an energy crisis filled with power blackouts and gasoline shortages, making today’s gas prices something to fear for in coming years.Continued ...
Townships settle 12-year-old lawsuit with Cherryland
Three holdout local townships finally settled a drawn-out tax dispute with Cherryland Electric Cooperative prior to a full hearing before the Michigan Supreme Court.Continued ...
Antrim officials make headway with meth convictions
Antrim County authorities answered a spike in methamphetamine activity with a series of arrests and convictions that they believe should send a message to meth producers and users.Continued ...
Benzie drug death leads to heroin charges
Authorities filed drug-dealing charges against a suburban Detroit man after a suspected heroin overdose death in Benzie County.Continued ...
Students recognized for math club performance
Thirty math-hungry East Middle School students recently made history. The group of seventh- and eighth-graders was the first at the school to achieve national gold level status for a club called MathCounts.Continued ...
Northbound Woodmere closed for two days
The city will shut down the northbound lanes of Woodmere Avenue from Eighth Street to Hannah Street for two days for maintenance of a city water line.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
Powerball ticket buyers hopeful as jackpot swells
Garrick Opie hasn’t purchased a Powerball ticket in more than a decade. But a jackpot that swelled to $600 million — the world’s second largest lottery prize — by Friday afternoon convinced Opie to throw in $20 toward the $2 tickets at the 7-Eleven store on 14th Street.Continued ...
Co-worker of fired tribal employees: ‘They should have known better’
A co-worker of the six tribal employees who shot a .22 rifle off their office building deck alleged they endangered a nearby residence, potentially polluted Lake Michigan with lead bullets, and violated human resources policy.Continued ...
Jury: Local attorney committed fraud
A jury ruled a local attorney committed fraud and malpractice in a case of a business deal gone bad.Continued ...
Man facing sex charges
A Traverse City man who faces child abuse and criminal sexual conduct charges also is accused of attempting to assault authorities who tried to arrest him.Continued ...
- Property owners sue over flooding