About The Old Towne Neighborhood, Traverse City
Old Towne is one of the smaller TC neighborhoods (geographically) but is found in the heart of downtown TC. Two major north-south streets (Cass & Union) bisect the Old Towne Neighborhood and have created future need for a third north-south arterial, South Boardman Lake Ave. Despite the urban traffic the character of Old Towne has never been compromised and the neighborhood continues to flourish.
The Old Towne Neighborhood is defined by boundaries with 8th Street to the North, 14th to the South, Union St. to the West, and Boardman Lake to the East. More than any other neighborhood Old Towne is also a blend of commercial and residential properties. OT Neighborhood is also bordered by Central (West) and Mid-Town (East) neighborhoods. Each of landmarks in the neighborhoods are shared by the adjoining residents.
Old Towne, Traverse City Landmarks
Old Towne Shopping district, Old Town Playhouse, The Central Grade School, St. Francis Church-School, and Hagerty Insurance are just a few of the landmarks in, or around, the Old Towne Neighborhood. Neighborhood markets like Maxbauer’s and Deering’s
provide that small town feel “where everybody knows your name”. Classic buildings also have been re-purposed for current use and some haven’t.
Schools in Old Towne, Traverse City
There are several public or parochial school choices for the Old Towne Neighborhood. Here are a few:
Central Grade School (Two blocks off the intersection of 7th and Union St.)
This is the largest (by square footage and population) elementary school in the district. It is also the oldest school having once served as the only high school in the Traverse City area. It currently houses a traditional K-5 school population along with the TCAPS TAG (Talented and Gifted Program) and several pre-school classes.
(Located on Oak Street just a ½ bock from 14th Street)
TCAPS only dedicated Montessori school. Bussing is not provided to Glenn Loomis but the demand for this location makes it one of the larger schools in the TCAPS offerings.
(On 10th and 11th Street inside the Old Towne Neighborhood)
Holy Angles (K-2), Immaculate Conception, and St. Francis High School (Grades 9-12) are award winning and high caliber parochial education institutions that are just part of what GTACS offers the TC community.
Middle and High Schools
The Middle schools house 6-8 grades with the two high schools serving the 9-12 graders. Central High
School is an academic award winning school with a complete offering of performing arts and athletic programs for all range of student interests.
Using Traverse City from Old Towne
From our family home in the Central Neighborhood, Old Towne was a natural destination for kids and young families to look for a great fish dinner takeout (Dills Old Towne Saloon) or fresh hamburger (Maxbauer’s) or even a new pair of blue jeans (Wilhelms). While some of those businesses are gone the area still remains a local destination (Thomson’s Pharmacy, Brady’s Bar, City Bike Shop) for residents.
Best Towns to Visit!
From: Smithsonian Magazine
No. 4: Traverse City, MI
“TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Traverse City probably should expect more tourists this summer. The northern Michigan city has made Smithsonian’s list of Top 20 best small towns in the U.S. to visit in 2015. Traverse City came in fourth on the list topped by Estes Park, Colorado; Nantucket, Massachusetts; and Stuart, Florida, respectively.”
By Shandra Martinez M-LIVE NEWS
Clinch Park Marina
Next to the former Traverse City Zoo and adjacent to the Clinch Park Beach, Clinch Marina is owned and operated by the City of Traverse City and governed by the policies of the Michigan State Waterways Commission, a division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Temporary boat slips are available to rent for transient boaters as well as full time rentals are available to the general public.
The Old Town Playhouse
Once a church and now the home of live theatre in Traverse City the OTP has theatre for young and old alike. For over 50 years the OTP has been an Old Towne centerpiece teaching and entertaining kids to TC
seniors about the wonders of live theatre.
Munson Medical Center
A world class hospital within walking distance of the southern fringes of the neighborhood. What more can a family ask for. While the main campus is still growing (possibly not UP however) the number of services offered are growing as well.
Friday Night Lights
Used by both the public and parochial schools in Traverse City the Thirlby Field sports complex hosts local football games every and all weekend in the fall. Even better you can safely walk to and from the game on Friday and Saturday nights from eith the Old Towne or Central neighborhoods. Owned and operated by TCAPS the Thirlby Field complex also hosts varsity softball in the spring as well as band competition both in the fall and during the summer festivals.
Neighborhood Board Members:
Mary (Erickson) Burget, Interim President
Janet Fleshman, Vice President
Sue Warner, Treasurer
Nancy Larson, Secretary
Russ Soyring, City Staff Liaison