Marquette Planning Commission balks at lighthouse public park project

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Tuesday night the Marquette Planning Commission took on the issue of the lighthouse public park project. In a narrow vote, the commission voted to postpone further discussion about the project until their February meeting.

Several citizens voiced their disproval for the plans they say adversely effects their properties and the flow of traffic in the area. The plans include reconstructing the multi-use path which currently runs along the shore. Also eliminating the old coast guard road while extending Arch Street toward the lighthouse property. According to city staff, this puts about $375,000 in grant funding in jeopardy and could delay the project for a year.

"For the project, any delays, especially 30 days, makes it a lot more difficult to get a set of plans drawn up, put out to bid and constructed in the time constraints that I have so, there's a good chance that it may not get done this year because of this," said Keith Whittington, Marquette City Engineer.

The next Planning Commission meeting is set for January 15, but the lighthouse park issue won't be on the agenda. They'll take up the issue at their February 5 meeting.