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Rotary Charities Grants $1M to Buy Coal Properties

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A Wonderful Opportunity for the Discovery Center! Rotary announced that an offer has been made to acquire the former coal properties on West Bay from Traverse City Light and Power (TCLP) for public use and community benefit. Rotary Charities of Traverse City, will fund the purchase with a $1,000,000 grant. The properties will be transferred […]

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No Negative Impact to TCLP Action at April 8 Board Meeting

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Going into tonight’s meeting, the perception and fear was that the property would transfer to the City upon the motion being presented. While the motion passed, what we learned and heard at the meeting is that this was really only a motion to approve the transfer, whereupon the City Commission will initiate a public process […]

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How is it fair to ask TCLP/ City to dedicate the former Coal Dock to the public?

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The City of Traverse City has been the beneficiary of numerous donations of land or money for City properties, including: Perry Hannah’s many gifts to the City (e.g. Hannah Park, Oakwood Cemetery, etc.), Floyd Clinch’s gift of the West Bay waterfront creating Clinch Park, The work of Dr. James Hall and others to acquire the […]

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Who profits if the Discovery Pier, Harbor and Marina happens?

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No individual or private entity profits. The Discovery Center (a 501 (c) 3 non-profit entity) will be the operator of the Community Pier, Harbor and Marina taking all the financial risks and rewards to sustain the Phase 2 Discovery Center facilities and further its mission and those of its member non-profits. Generating an on-going revenue […]

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How do we know that the Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes has the capacity to handle and manage the Community Harbor & Pier?

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The Discovery Center itself is a Rotary project: in 2006, Mike Dow donated the property (valued at $1.5 M) for the express purpose of creating a water-related nonprofit place of exploration, learning, and awareness, to Rotary Camps & Services, the land-holding arm of Rotary. The Discovery Center has a framework for managing the property, a […]

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TCLP is owned by the City, so shouldn’t the City be the sole beneficiary of any value attributable to the former coal dock property?

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Elmwood Township hosted this industrial use and has suffered the blight, traffic, and coal dust for more than 40 years without even the benefit of property taxes, while the City gets 5% ($1.6M in 2012) of the TCLP gross revenues. With this plan, Elmwood will once again benefit the Citizens of Traverse City through this […]

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Wouldn’t Elmwood Township be the major beneficiary of the Community Pier, Harbor & Marina?

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Our economy is regional; it does not respect jurisdictional boundaries. Restaurants, hotels, and retailers in downtown Traverse City gain with every dollar spent in the region. Citizens of Traverse City will benefit from increased economic activity generated by greater public access and water related pursuits. Visitors and Citizens of Traverse City and the entire Northwest […]

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The coal dock is in Elmwood Township, Leelanau County. Why should TCLP/City do anything that will benefit another community?

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While owned by the City, TCLP serves customers in Elmwood Township and several other jurisdictions in the area, not just the City. Converting this former industrial property to a greater public use will benefit the entire region, not just Elmwood Township.

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If TCLP no longer has a need for the coal dock, why not just transfer it to the City and let the City decide what to do with it?

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A transfer from TCLP to the City would restrict or limit many legal options (such as leases, use agreements, or transfer to other entities) since the City is bound by more restrictive statutes and charter provisions than a municipal utility. TCLP/City have no plans to use the dock; the Discovery Center plan is well developed […]