2017-06-08 / News

1st Session for Railroad Grade Improvement Will Be June 14

The first visioning session for the recreation pathway will be Wednesday, June 14, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Ignace Public Library. Light snacks and soft drinks will be served. The meeting is open to the public.

Two additional meetings will be held, one in late summer, and the third in the fall, to present a preliminary plan and final plan. The second and third meetings will include graphic images of what the project area could look like in the future.

The City of St. Ignace was successful in securing Michigan State University assistance through a competitive application process to develop planning and design recommendations for the railroad grade in downtown St. Ignace. A main goal of this project is to develop a re-visioning of the current underutilized street into a more user friendly, including non-motorized transportation, corridor that will help guide future land use and design character and help to create a sense of place. Key considerations will include: linkages to the surrounding area, wayfinding within the site, multi-modal impacts, use of public art, creation of places for activities to take place, access to adjacent retail and commercial uses, walking and biking paths, supporting street furniture, and overall beautification. A preferred vision of the project area will be developed using design images and planning recommendations as part of the MSU Sustainable Built Environment Initiative offered through the School of Planning, Design and Construction and Michigan State University Extension.

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