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Commercial Corridor Visioning Workshops for Future Community Development in Six Northwest Michigan Communities

The Framework For Our Future, a project of the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, is providing assistance to six Grand Vision communities to help identify and visualize potential infill development and streetscape design concepts for their commercial corridors.

“Vibrant commercial corridors are essential for the future economic health of our communities,” said Scott Gest, a regional planner at the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. “To prosper in today’s changing marketplace, it is increasingly important to provide an enriched experience to attract activity into our commercial areas and counter the price driven lure of online shopping.”

Workshops will be held in the Village of Benzonia, the City of Cadillac, the Village of Fife Lake, the Village of Kalkaska, Leland Township, and the Village of Mancelona. During these workshops local officials, residents, business owners, and other stakeholders will be asked to share their ideas for the future of their downtowns and commercial corridors. Facilitated discussion will focus on selecting potential redevelopment/infill sites as well as collecting input on what development concepts and building forms would be desirable for these sites. The input gathered during these workshops will guide the project design consultant in developing two conceptual sketches for each of the six communities.

These conceptual studies are not intended to design specific projects, but will be used to illustrate land use and development concepts and techniques in the Framework for Our Future. The studies will help assist the community in their public policy initiatives and to potentially encourage and inform the private sector of opportunities.


The following is a schedule of the community workshops:


Kalkaska Workshop   Thursday, October 24   10:00 a.m.     William Kitti Ed. Center
419 S. Coral St.
Mancelona Workshop   Thursday, October 24   2:00 p.m.    Mancelona Village Offices
120 West State Street
Fife Lake Workshop   Friday, October 25   10:00 a.m.    Fife Lake Village Hall
616 Bates
Benzonia Workshop   Thursday, November 7   10:00 a.m.    Benzonia Village Office
1276 Michigan Ave.
Leland Township Workshop   Thursday, November 7   2:00 p.m.    Leland Township Offices
123 N. St. Joseph Street
Lake Leelanau
Cadillac Workshop   Friday, November 8   10:00 a.m.   City of Cadillac Offices
Council Chambers
200 North Lake St.


The Framework for Our Future: Tools and Strategies for Supporting The Grand Vision will act as a regional resource for local governments, nonprofits, and other organizations working to meet local goals. It will include information and tools that can address issues identified by The Grand Vision process, including housing, transportation, land use, energy, arts and culture, workforce and economic development, community health, food and farming systems, and natural resources. The Framework includes a special emphasis on social equity, in order to ensure that populations such as those in poverty, disabled individuals, minorities, youth, and others have a voice in the planning process. 


Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest

Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner