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Article in The Ticker on the former coal dock

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Great coverage in The Ticker about plans for the former coal dock. Fred Sitkins is quoted: “The possibility this presents is unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” Inland Seas Education Association Executive Director Fred Sitkins says. “Having the opportunity to at times have all three tall ships in that basin is a real attraction.” We look forward […]

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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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Sister Facility in Campbell River Vancouver Island, BC

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Amazing and weird to have stumbled on another facility so similar to the proposed Discovery Center Community Pier! A Maritime Heritage Center, public fishing pier (actually named Discovery Pier) and an aquarium. All projects of the local Rotary Club, making much out of surplus and ignored city-owned property. Click here to check out their website […]

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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 […]