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Marquette commission to consider lakeshore land deal

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission at its 6 p.m. meeting today will consider a land agreement with Islander Beach and Tennis Club LLC that would provide the city with the additional right-of-way needed for the multi-million dollar Lakeshore Boulevard relocation project and allow the club to prepare its own parcel for development.

The meeting will be held in Commission Chambers of Marquette City Hall, which is located at 300 W. Baraga Ave.

If approved, the agreement will allow the city to gain a .13-acre parcel of additional right-of-way that is “necessary for the relocation of Lakeshore Boulevard,” city notes state. The agreement would also allow the city to obtain a .2-acre parcel needed for the city’s Hawley Street stormwater project, as the club has agreed to deed the two parcels to the city, according to city notes.

The agreement would also allow the club to prepare its parcel at 2401 Lakeshore Boulevard for subsequent sale and development, “which will inherently increase the city tax base,” according to city notes.

The development of the property owned by the Marquette-based Islander Beach and Tennis Club LLC at 2401 Lakeshore Blvd. will disturb “several small isolated wetlands,” and it is anticipated that the state will “require the developer to create new mitigated wetlands to replace any that are lost due to this development,” city notes state.

Due to this, the city would allow the club to build the new wetlands on city property in exchange for the two small parcels to be deeded to the city for the Hawley Street and Lakeshore Boulevard projects, city notes state.

If approved by the commission, the city will be able to acquire the property needed to relocate Lakeshore Boulevard and the property “necessary to improve water quality by re-routing the Hawley Street storm drain through the newly created wetland,” city notes state.

The project will be partially funded by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant in partnership with the Superior Watershed Partnership and Islander Beach & Tennis Club LLC, according to city notes.

Also at tonight’s meeting, the commission will consider a delegate for the Michigan Municipal League Convention; a performance evaluation process for the city’s manager and attorney; and off-road vehicle trail access within city limits. The meeting will also feature a presentation celebrating 40 years of the city’s sister city relationship with Higashiomi, Japan, as well as a presentation on the Local Development Finance Authority.

Cecilia Brown can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248.