Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 20, 2012

Public concerned Traverse City building will be 'ugly'


TRAVERSE CITY — Beachgoers will have a new $644,000 bath house and concession stand at Clinch Park next summer despite growing concerns the proposed structure is "ugly."

City Commissioner Mike Gillman asked to postpone awarding the second phase of the city's $2 million bay front project to explore a new design for the building.

"Frankly the feedback I've been hearing back from the public ... is this is a pretty ugly building for the money we are putting into it," Gillman said.

Mayor Michael Estes said the design was approved over a year ago by the previous commission and called it "totally inappropriate" to start the process over now. He said the design was "fine."

Commissioner Mary Ann Moore also called it "ugly." Commissioner Jim Carruthers went with "not bad."

Despite commissioners lack of enthusiasm for the look of the building they agreed it was too late to stop now.

Some commissioners' liked the design and said the artist's rendering of the building that's drawing people's ire doesn't do it justice.

"Once it's built it's going to be cool," Commissioner Jody Bergman said.