Feb. 2017 What’s New In Old Towne


The discussion on street improvements has now shifted to 8th Street. Lots of discussion about bike lanes and building heights in this one. Whatever happens will affect Boardman and Old Towne neighborhoods as traffic on this East-West corridor affects both areas. If it slows on 8th street it may well back traffic up to Union Street during the am and afternoon rush hours. Construction won’t happen for the next year other than street repairs on a surface that is in ROUGH shape due to winter thaws and freezing. From the TC Ticker 2/14/17 as a summary of the plan:

Traverse City commissioners Monday also unanimously voted to approve a resolution of support adopting a conceptual new design plan for Eighth Street. The plan was created by Farr Associates based on public input on the corridor’s design, including a week-long public charrette process last May. The final proposed design for the road features three traffic lanes, two protected off-road bicycle tracks, pedestrian sidewalks and mid-block crossings, and green landscaping featuring flowers, bushes and trees. It also calls for alley improvements and eventually realigning Railroad Avenue and Woodmere Avenue to merge into one consolidated intersection with Eighth Street. The road is scheduled to be completely reconstructed starting in 2018.

Traffic in the alleys during construction and the re-alignment of Railroad to match up with Woodmere seemed to be the most contentious issues. Stay tuned and stay involved as this is a big project and a necessary improvement however it finally develops. (2/25/17)


Looks like the St. Francis Church and rectory remodel are still unfolding. The new IC School I’m sure is affecting space needs as is the ever increasing parish community that has outgrown the current building capacity. A $7.0 million dollar renovation is due to start in the Spring of 2017 with completion in December of 2018. (2/25/17)