Mt. PLeasANt 2050 – City of Mt. Pleasant begins work on a new Master Plan

Mt. Pleasant, MI – The City of Mt. Pleasant is preparing a new Master Plan, a document which will chart the direction of the City’s development for the next 30 years.

Master plans are critical policy documents. They are the primary way for the community to answer the following questions:

  • What do we want our community to look like in 2050?
  • How do we get there?
  • How can we ensure our community is resilient by avoiding or mitigating risks or threats that we may face?

The new City Master Plan will also include an updated Parks and Recreation Master Plan as well as a subarea plan focused on Mission Street and Pickard Avenue (east of Mission). The plan will specifically address land use, transportation, housing, downtown, economic development, and public safety.

Public Input Needed
Public input is imperative during this planning process and will determine the community’s vision as well as help set specific goals, objectives and policies. The public is invited to participate in a series of events scheduled from April 8-11, 2019.  All events will be held at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street, unless otherwise noted.

April 8
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Kick-Off Event

April 9
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Open Charrette Studio Hours
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Downtown Pub Crawl (Starting at the Bird Bar & Grill, 223 S. Main Street.)

April 10
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Open Charrette Studio Hours
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Charrette Open House & Work-In-Progress Presentation

April 11
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Open Charrette Studio Hours
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Charrette Final Presentation Event

Online Survey 

Your input is vital to our Master Plan development process. Please take a few minutes to share your ideas and complete the online surveys, which are available until April 28, 2019. Visit: https://www.mtpleasant2050.com/surveys

City of Mt. Pleasant Master Planning History
Major projects and policy changes often result from a master planning process. For instance, the 1965 Master Plan led to the extension of Mosher Street; the development of “Town Center”; and the creation of a new 1971 zoning ordinance. The 1987 Master Plan led to significant investments in park accessibility for individuals with disabilities; facility investments to improve the quality of drinking water; and extensions of Bellows and Preston Streets.

The City adopted its first Master Plan in 1946 with subsequent plans being adopted in 1965, 1987 and 2006. The City’s current Master Plan was an update adopted in 2014. Click here to view our past and current Master Plans. All Michigan cities are required to adopt master plans in accordance with Public Act 33 of 2008.

For more details regarding the Master Plan development process visit www.mtpleasant2050.com.

Back to the Bricks® car show stops downtown Mt. Pleasant June 8

The Back to the Bricks® car show will be making its first stop of the season in downtown Mt. Pleasant on Friday, June 8, as part of its “Mighty Mac and Back” promo tour. From 5 to 8:30 p.m., classic car owners and admirers can enjoy more than 270 automobiles on display along the streets of downtown.

Back to the Bricks® produces family-friendly automotive events that reflect Flint’s automotive heritage. The six-day tour is designed to promote all of the Back to the Bricks® events while showcasing each participating city’s unique features and foster economic development.

The following streets will be closed from 2 to 8:30 p.m. on June 8:

  • Broadway between Lansing and Washington
  • Main between Illinois and Mosher
  • University between Mosher and Michigan
  • Court between Broadway and Mosher
  • Franklin between Mosher and Michigan

The tour will leave from Davison with overnight stops in Mt. Pleasant, Gaylord, Petoskey, St. Ignace, and East Tawas, culminating with an “End of the Road” Luncheon at the Birch Run Speedway & Event Center.

For more information about Back to the Bricks®, go to www.backtothebricks.org.

Nov. 11 is “Ladies’ Night Out” downtown Mt. Pleasant

Saturday, Nov. 11 is the 13th annual Ladies’ Night Out downtown Mt. Pleasant. This year’s event will feature fantastic shopping opportunities and giveaways for women while benefiting two local women’s organizations – the Women’s Initiative and the Women’s Aid Service.

The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre downtown. With a $5 donation at the door, ladies will enter the theatre for an exciting raffle for fun and tasty prizes provided by many local businesses. Once the giveaways are gone, ladies can visit participating downtown businesses to take part in the countless in-store giveaways, promotions and specials.

A number of area businesses, including Herbs Etc. and Mt. Pleasant Hot Yoga, are also offering deals and discounts known as “Early Girl Specials” throughout the entire day.

Over the last 13 years, the Ladies’ Night Out event has raised more than $22,800 for the Women’s Initiative and the Women’s Aid Service.

The Women’s Initiative Fund, initiated by the Mt. Pleasant Community Foundation, provides for the needs of women and girls in Isabella County by granting funds to local organizations that combat the issues more commonly faced by women, including single parenting, abuse, eating disorders and more. The Women’s Aid Service provides emergency shelter and crisis intervention for domestic violence victims, as well as counseling services and support groups for victims of violence. For more information about these organizations, visit their Web sites at www.mpacf.org and www.womens-aid.org.

See the list of participating businesses and the available specials as they are announced on the Downtown Mt. Pleasant Facebook page!

 

Pumpkin Promenade scheduled for Oct. 31 downtown Mt. Pleasant

The Mt. Pleasant community and surrounding areas are invited to celebrate Halloween downtown Mt. Pleasant at the sixth annual Pumpkin Promenade!

The Pumpkin Promenade will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. Children age 12 and under can trick-or-treat at participating businesses and visit Town Center for a free donut hole from Robaire’s Bakery. Participating businesses will have signs displayed in their windows indicating they are part of the event.

Please note, citywide trick-or-treating is Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Visit the event page at https://www.facebook.com/downtownmp for more details.

Downtown Mt. Pleasant features events year-round and new businesses opening regularly. With a variety of shopping venues, eateries and bars, as well as salons, coffee shops, spas, fitness studios and parks, the historic district can be enjoyed no matter the season. 

Downtown Mt. Pleasant is centrally located in the City of Mt. Pleasant and is bordered by the picturesque Chippewa River. Two of Mt. Pleasant’s most scenic parks, Island Park and Nelson Park, are also located downtown offering a local trail system with a variety of nature trails and cycling paths.

Located just a few blocks north of Central Michigan University’s campus and 3.5 miles directly west of the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Downtown Mt. Pleasant has all you are looking for and more! 

Outdoor film series scheduled for Saturdays in August

Over the weekend, Mt. Pleasant area families brought chairs, blankets and snacks, and settled in on the lawn outside of City Hall for the showing of “Zootopia,” the first film in this year’s Movies by Moonlight event series.

Movies by Moonlight will continue on Saturdays in August outside of City Hall (320 W. Broadway). All showings begin at 8:30 p.m. / dusk.

  • Aug. 12: “Lego Batman” (PG) Sponsored by Mercantile Bank
  • Aug. 19: “Rogue 1: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13) Sponsored by Krapohl Ford
  • Aug. 26: “Finding Dory” (PG) Sponsored by Isabella Bank

This year’s media sponsorship is provided by WCFX-FM. The “Movies by Moonlight” event was founded by City of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Bank and Max & Emily’s Eatery.

To learn more, see the event section of the Downtown Mt. Pleasant Facebook page at www.facebook.com/downtownmp/events.

Nominations for Historic Preservation Improvement Awards due March 31

downtowndestination-logo1The City of Mt. Pleasant’s Historic District Commission (HDC) is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Historic Preservation Improvement Awards.

The awards are presented each year to honor exterior improvements of residential and commercial properties in the City of Mt. Pleasant in four areas – Preservation, Restoration, New Construction or Downtown Historic District Choice. Nominated properties must be at least 25 years old, and the improvements must have been completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016.

The HDC will evaluate applications that best reflect the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Winners will be announced in May as part of National Historic Preservation month.

Nominations are due by 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2017. Nomination forms can be found on the City’s website at http://www.mt-pleasant.org/boards_and_commissions/HDC.asp.

For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller at (989) 779-5348 or msponseller@mt-pleasant.org.