Development with nine-story buildings on commission agenda

Aug 17, 2015

Plans for the buildings show retail space on the ground floor and condos above.
Credit The WODA Group

A plan to build two nine-story buildings in downtown Traverse City will go before the city commission tonight. The buildings would provide 162 residences and 20,000 square feet of commercial space.

Opponents of the project say it will change the character of the downtown area. But Commissioner Gary Howe says having more people downtown has been part of the city’s plan for a long time.

“To put it bluntly, I would rather have people moving downtown than building more homes outside of town," says Howe. "We really have to think about the growth that is going to occur in this area and there’s a lot of positives on having that development happen in our core area.”

The two buildings would each be 96 feet tall. The zoning code allows buildings up to 100 feet tall but not without a special permit.

The development has already been approved by the city’s planning commission. It could get a public hearing sometime in September.