On Tuesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm the Traverse City Light & Power Board of Directors will consider two actions with respect to the former coal dock property. To see what’s on the agenda, check out the memo containing proposed actions Declaring Coal Dock Surplus.
First, they will consider declaring the property surplus. This is an action we wholeheartedly support.
Second, they will consider immediately transferring it to the City of Traverse. We vigorously oppose this action for a variety of reasons:
- It is inconsistent with the discussions and concerns raised at the February 10th Joint Study session between the City and TCLP. At that meeting concerns were raised about the property being consider parkland if the City took title, as well as the consensus that the property would stay with TCLP until the City Manager developed a plan for moving forward.
- It also limits legal options available to TCLP that are not available to the City. Most notably, once the City takes title they can never transfer title without putting the property up for competitive bid. To see an analysis of the pros and cons of the various actions, check out the Property Flow Chart.
- It will undermine years of work by the Discovery Center and Rotary Camps & Services to move our proposal forward through an open and thoughtful process.
Please support the Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes in our efforts to move forward in developing a world-class working waterfront at the site of the former coal dock. Contact the TCLP Directors or to email all Board Members at once, send an email to: email@example.com. Better yet, come to the meeting at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 8 at the Governmental Center on 400 Boardman Avenue in Traverse City and voice your support for the Discovery Center.