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City to consider housing

August 12, 2018

Not one, but two housing developments will get consideration by the Ludington City Council at its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the municipal building in Ludington.

The development in the block that was formerly a bowling alley is before the city council to consider final approvals. Another development that passed through the planning commission Wednesday will also receive consideration on its zoning.

Amendments to the agreement between the city and the bowling alley block developer, Morris Street LLC, are before the council for consideration. Morris Street wants to build two, four-story buildings on the block. Commercial space would be on the ground floor and up to 60 apartments would be in the top three stories.

The block is bordered by Ludington Avenue, Loomis Street, Rath Avenue and Robert Street.

The City of Ludington’s fire department also calls the block home, but a new station is being constructed on property on Tinkham Avenue near the Lakeshore Resource Center.

Previously, Morris Street sought tax credits to help build the development. Part of the amendments this time include clarification of parking. In Interim City Manager Steve Brock’s memo to the council, 30 of the 50 parking spaces will be within the development. Another 20 spaces will be available after the project is completed, and those spaces will be south of Wesco at the northwest corner of Robert and Loomis streets.

That’s not the only housing development the council is pondering. The council will look at rezoning a parcel of land at the corner of South Madison and East Dowland streets from light industrial to multi-family residential.

The Ludington Planning Commission reviewed an application from Herman & Kittle Properties for the property located at 705 S. Madison St. According to a drawing as a part of the the city council’s packet, the parcel of land stretches along East Dowland Street from Madison past South Staffon Street, but it does not include the old train depot.

The planning commission recommended the rezoning from wholesale and light industrial to multi-family residential.

Also at Monday’s meeting:

• The council will consider approving a mutual aid agreement through Mason County;

• The council will consider transferring approval of community event signs to the city manager or their designee.

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