Marquette is set to experience many changes in the next few years, including now for certain city projects. Expansions, upgrades and new construction have graced the area with their presence, all at once too! Some may see it as a good thing, some may not. With alterations comes change, also messy construction zones, yet community changes like these often are accompanied by new opportunity. Opportunities resulting from these changes include, but are not limited to:
- New jobs
- Enhanced community facilities
- Increase in tourism
- Increase in relocation to the area
- Increase in student population at Northern Michigan University
- Enhanced technology
All of these changes yield innovation and progress. This will help to create an even more viable community and local economy. Let’s keep improving on and building off of the outstanding community we already possess. Not all places can boast about a close-knit community that works together to achieve greatness and one that cares for all of its facets so diligently, including people, economic impacts such as jobs and quality of life, like Marquette and its surrounding neighbors. Together, we can create a positive footprint for a better world.
Two major changes are a new U.P. Health System (Duke LifePoint) hospital and an improvement plan for various parts and sections of the Northern Michigan University (NMU) campus. Among these, there are more projects, some further away than others from a set-in-stone start date and some waiting further and final approved plans.
Here’s a non-comprehensive list of plans, projects and the like, as outlined in the April edition of Upper Peninsula Business Today:
‘Marquette Gears Up for a Busy Construction Season:’
- Up The Sky: a plaza including retail locations, office space, residential living and a hotel set to be built in Marquette Township. The project website indicates there will be three levels to the plaza. The first level includes a shopping plaza, restaurants and an upper floor with residential units. The second floor includes office space, room for medical offices and more space for residential units. The third level is planned to include the hotel, a convention center and a restaurant.
- Meijer: there is confirmation on the intent to buy property north of Lowe’s near the new traffic signals by Brickyard Rd. in Marquette Township for the Meijer store location
‘“Above Average” Construction Season’ and ‘BLP Moving Forward With Community Solar:’
- Board of Light and Power (BLP):
- Electric Generator Facility: set to be placed along Wright Street, north of the current BLP building
- Community Solar Project: this project will be completed in conjunction with Michigan Energy Options; members of the community can purchase solar panels (meant to power their homes and businesses) to be placed in a solar garden next to the BLP; trees were cleared to make room for the garden
‘“Above Average” Construction Season:’
- Liberty Way site: an extended stay hotel and office space are intended for this location (already in the works), next to mBank at the intersection of Washington St. and Lincoln Ave.
- The Landing condominiums, final phase: this last phase will include a parking structure, a building to be named ‘One Marquette Place,’ which will be comprised of a café, office space and apartments; these structures will be located in the Founder’s Landing development area
- Municipal Service Center: an upgraded facility located near the Lincoln Ave. and Wright St. intersection
- Orphanage: what once was the Holy Family Orphanage is now being redeveloped to become the venue for apartment living; the old orphanage is on the corner of Altamont and Fisher Streets
- Clark Lambros Beach Park pavilion: this pavilion includes restrooms and is located south of the Dead River and east of Lakeshore Boulevard
- Father Marquette Park: upgrades and improvements face this park situated on Front St., between Baraga Ave. and Rock St.
- NMU: pending approval of this particular plan, the Summit St. apartments will be replaced, located north of the Art and Design building (where the DeVos Art Museum is located) as well as Quad I, composed of four dorms and a dining facility located off of Lincoln Ave. near Wright St.; the article mentions the halls, but not the dining facility
‘Old Hospital, New Ideas…,’ from March 29, 2016 in the Mining Journal discusses the ‘old’ (current) hospital as well as the new hospital plans:
- The plans for the new hospital facilities are just in the beginning stages. Those in charge of the project are pondering the existing use of some of the current hospital space; there will be a need for more room to house medical staff. A local resident, Matthew Luttenberger, suggests turning the current hospital into a ‘Marquette center’ for producing medical technology and researching the like.
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Information about this blog post courtesy of Jarvi, R. (2016, April). Marquette Gears Up for a Busy Construction Season; ‘Above Average’ Construction Season; BLP Moving Forward With Community Solar. Upper Peninsula Business Today. pp. 3, 7, 9, 13.
Information about the hospital courtesy of Jarvi, R. (2016, March 29). Old Hospital, New Ideas: Duke LifePoint considers keeping part of the current facility. The Mining Journal. pp. 1A.