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February 9, 2014

Corridor poised for next step

TRAVERSE CITY — Elmwood Township’s Board of Trustees could take another step toward realizing a destination corridor in Greilickville.

Township officials have a plan to encourage a commercial corridor on M-22 from Cherry Bend Road to M-72. The idea is to link a pedestrian area and the waterfront to create a mile-long destination space for visitors to stop, shop and dine.

Board members are scheduled to discuss a corridor improvement authority, which would capture new property taxes generated in the development district to pay for infrastructure improvements like sidewalks and decorative lighting.

“The very existence of a corridor improvement authority will make it a much more attractive place for future developers,” Elmwood Township Supervisor Jack Kelly said. “They’re going to know there’s a plan in place as to how this corridor is intended to be developed.”

Elmwood’s planning commission adopted a Greilickville commercial corridor plan that includes the possible rerouting of Grandview Road through the former Brewery Creek property, which the township now owns, and putting a light on the intersection.

Trustee Kyle Trevas said he thinks the board needs to know more about what the those potentially affected by a corridor improvement authority think of the idea.

“I don’t know if we have the answer to: ‘does everybody involved in the corridor want to see it happen?’ If they do, that’s probably a good idea,” Trevas said.

Kelly has a long-term vision of a commercial area complete with trolleys and water taxis.

“We’re the gateway to Leelanau, and we want to be a gateway that tells people, you’re about to enter a pretty special place,” Kelly said.

If the board approves a corridor improvement authority, it could take months and many meetings with the public and business owners before one is devised, Kelly said.

The township board will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at the township hall.

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