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      Third Street improvements on the way, Marquette asks for help from residents

      It is called the Third Street Village Corridor Sustainable Development Plan, and Marquette is asking for help from residents.

      "The big event that we're having this weekend is called the Community Planning and Design Charette. It's five days where we have some nationally recognized planning and design consultants in our community," said Director of Planning and Community Development for Marquette, Dennis Stachewicz.

      Because of the various businesses and heavy traffic on foot and car, the city decided improvements were needed on the Third Street corridor.

      Marquette applied and received a $75,000 grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

      "Basically what we're going to be looking at is the entire corridor as a whole from a planning process. We're going to look at the streets and how it can accommodate multi modes of transportation," Stachewicz said.

      Other improvements include sidewalks, affordable housing and incorporating more handicapped-accessible designs. The plan will also focus on non-motorized transportation like bikeways and a bike share program.

      "We're looking at the future development of the public space, and normally what we will see is good development of public space triggers good development of private," said Executive Director for Marquette Downtown Development, Mona Lang.

      If you are interested in having your voice heard, the event takes place at the Marquette Commons.

      Opening Night Presentation:

      Thursday, May 16, 6-8 p.m.

      Open Design Charette:

      Friday, May 17, 6-8 p.m.

      Saturday, May 18, 6-8 p.m.

      Sunday, May 19, 6-8 p.m.

      Monday, May 20 6-8 p.m.