Marquette City Commission approve missing piece of Founders Landing project

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette City Commission approved a new design for the Founders Landing project on Monday night.

At a regular meeting, the commission unanimously approved a new design for the north pier that is expected to be accepted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

The two-pier project has been in the works for several years, with GEI Consultants signing on to the project in July of 2019.

"Well, you know, it's a project we've been working on for many years. It's the final step to getting it done or at least getting the process started," says city manager Mike Angeli.

After hitting a permitting snag with EGLE due to the design of the north pier, GEI Consultants presented an updated design, with the bulk of it coming from the original plan.

"We had gotten EGLE approval for the south pier project but not for the north pier. We went back, redesigned the north pier, received a tentative approval from EGLE on the new design, and we're asking the commission to approve the new design tonight and hopefully begin the process of moving forward with that project," says Angeli.

A Wave Eater buoy system will be added to the north dock to reduce waves, making it easier for those in water crafts to safely access the finger docks.

Additionally, GEI presented some changes in dock width and landscaping, and differences in materials.

However, the purpose of the piers has largely remained the same, with pedestrian walkways and lookouts as the main attraction of the project.

The project is expected to stay within the $5.6 million budget.

The timeline for the Founders Landing project is still up in the air. GEI will resubmit designs to EGLE tentatively this week. Then, EGLE and the Army Corps of Engineers will have to approve the designs - there is no timeline on exactly when that may be.

Engineers hope to have the project started by late spring or early summer.

The commission also approved a consent agenda authorizing payment for a portion of the Lakeshore Boulevard Emergency Bank Stabilization project, a local development agreement with Rippling River Resort, and a $14,000 upgrade to the Tourist Park bathhouses.