Baraga visioning sought for plans

MARQUETTE – A visioning session for the future development and design of Baraga Avenue is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Commons.

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority recently received a PlacePlans initiative grant for redesign assistance for Baraga Avenue.

The PlacePlans team, a collaboration between the Michigan Municipal League, the Michigan State University Urban and Regional Planning Program and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, will conduct the session.

The PlacePlans team is looking for public input with regard to its “vision” for Baraga Avenue, said Mona Lang, DDA executive director.

“They will be looking for the community’s input with regard to design and use of the street,” Lang said. “They will be asking things like what do people like about Baraga Avenue, what don’t they like, what could be improved, who can Baraga be better integrated into the rest of the downtown, what would make Baraga Avenue more pedestrian-friendly?”

The Baraga Avenue Enhancement Project parameters are Baraga from Lakeshore Boulevard to Third Street.

The MML describes Baraga as a barrier for pedestrian activity because of an “uninviting landscape and breaks in the city’s urban fabric.”

According to the MML, the project would involve a physical design plan to solve those issues and create a walkable street that connects with the lakefront and provides new opportunities for business development.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is cbleck@miningjournal.net.