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January 21, 2014

9 stories coming to TC?

TRAVERSE CITY — A long-dormant proposal for a mixed-use development and parking deck on downtown’s west end may have new life, but the developer’s identity is a bit of a mystery.

Architect David Hanawalt of Traverse City is expected to present city planning commissioners a conceptual plan for a nine-story complex of apartments, retail shops, a fitness center, and a restaurant on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The proposal includes a stand-alone, six-level parking deck in the center of the property that is bordered by the Boardman River. The parking structure would surrounded by upper-story apartments and ground floor retail and commercial uses on three sides.

“If it happens, it certainly is a huge project for the downtown in an area that is kind of listless,” said Russ Soyring, city planner. “It would add about 140 to 150 dwelling units to the downtown and that could have a big impact.”

The complex would be comprised of separate buildings. A building along West Front Street would include a 4,000-square-foot restaurant with loft and terrace next to a 10,000-square-foot specialty foods store and a small cafe at the corner, all topped with seven floors of apartments.

The building would be just below the city’s maximum height limit of 100 feet and would require a special land use permit.

The developer behind the project did not submit a name with the application. Hanawalt did not return calls for comment.

Area economic development officials identified Traverse City developer Michael Niedzielski as a person who has shown interest in the property in the past, but did not know if he was involved in this latest project. Niedzielski could not be reached for comment.

Neither Hanawalt nor the developers have an ownership interest in the property that’s listed for sale at $3.47 million.

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