MML Community Excellence


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In 2009, the City of Mt. Pleasant participated in the Michigan Municipal League's "Race for the Cup" Community Excellence Award. While the City won their regional award, it lost the overall competition.

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MML Community Excellence

  1. 1. Blazing a Path to New Urbanism Quality of Life Sense of Place Urbanism Vibrant Downtowns Green Design Walkability Entrepreneurship
  2. 2. Bold Vision. New Urbanism. Redevelopment of the Historic Borden Building
  3. 3. The Michigan Condensed Milk Factory (Borden Creamery) Opens in 1908
  4. 4. The Journey
  5. 12. Critical Partnerships
  6. 13. Learn to love a flowchart.
  7. 14. Timeline 1908 Creamery Opens Factory Closes 1965 Property sold to Burton Bader for $12,500 Bader grants City option to purchase 1976 City Commission votes no 1960 1975 Sixteen attempts to develop fail 1976 – 2002 City seeks proposals 2002 2002 City receives DEQ Riverfront Acq Grant Accepts earnest $ from J.E. Johnson 2003
  8. 15. Timeline 2005 OPRA approval J.E. Johnson solicits City as partner/tenant. DEQ Grant #4 MEDC approves Brownfield tax capture plan.* 2005 2007 $3.7 mill bond sale 2007 Construction begins 2004 DEQ Brownfield Redev. & waterfront grants. EDC uses grant & TIFA to purchase 2005 2008 City moves into Borden Building. 2005 Voters sell old City Hall; 65% approval 2006 2007
  9. 16. The 7.2 Million Dollar Project Payment for Condo Furniture, Fixtures Environ. Cleanup Phones, Gen., Utilities &… Other Infrastructure Streetscape Legal/Bond Contingencies Land 3.639 1.063 1.221 .243 .375 .135 .157 .236 .150 Costs Total: 7.221
  10. 17. The 7.2 Million Dollar Project Sale of City Hall Internal Funds Tribal 2% Reallocation Total DEQ Funds Bonds .950 .830 .247 1.046 3.788 Funding Sources Total: 7.221 Brownfield capture Dedicated .6 mil
  11. 18. What this Project has done for Mt. Pleasant <ul><li>Link to Downtown Core </li></ul><ul><li>Created City’s FIRST </li></ul><ul><li>Historic District </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded Riverwalk Trail System </li></ul><ul><li>Creative framework for public and private partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Removal of blight and contamination </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded commercial tenant space </li></ul><ul><li>Signature entrance to West Side </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded streetscape and public landscaping </li></ul><ul><li>Exemplary adaptive reuse of an industrial building </li></ul><ul><li>Placed old city hall property on tax roll </li></ul><ul><li>Increased public parking </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Downtown foot traffic </li></ul>
  12. 19. 10 Reasons the Cup is Ours <ul><li>65% of voters agreed to tax themselves </li></ul><ul><li>The 17 th attempt really is the charm </li></ul><ul><li>Came in $100,000 under budget </li></ul><ul><li>Created regulation interpretations that you too can benefit from </li></ul><ul><li>DEQ ’s the Project </li></ul><ul><li>Somebody had to do it first </li></ul><ul><li>In 40 years nobody else could pull it off </li></ul><ul><li>We can move an entire government in 4 days </li></ul><ul><li>City’s biggest recycling project, EVER </li></ul><ul><li>Even the MEDIA supported the project </li></ul><ul><li>Created rallying point and increased civic pride during tough times </li></ul>
  13. 20. Bold Vision. One amazing project.