Chelsea DDA – Palmer Lot Project Update, Long Term Plan

By Seth Kinker,

The Chelsea Downtown Development Authority (DDA) met August 16 and heard an update on the Palmer Lot Project – with another meet up with the construction crew and contractors planned for later that day.

According to a report submitted by City Manager John Hanifan the majority of the concrete is installed, the contractor installed a barrier between the swale on the west edge of the property and a rain garden,  so they wouldn’t contaminate the rain garden with runoff from the soil. Columns for the gateway have also been installed and bricks for the for walkways are now onsite.

Hanifan’s report noted that the city and the Chelsea Area Construction Agency agreed on a solution for the water and sewer lines. The city will control the lines on the site, as well as providing more stop boxes along current lines.

The construction schedule will be delayed at least one week for the contractor to finish the installation of those lines, as a result of the delay on the approval for those lines. As it stands the construction status and schedule had August 20 planned for irrigation and the entry arch. August 27 was to focus on the planter walls and asphalt paving, and September 3 was to focus on landscaping and pavement striping.

The DDA continued to discuss work on their long-term plan with Tim Merkel, President of the DDA, talking about budget limitations for this year and that it might be best to observe, reflect, and plan strongly for the following year.

Some conversation between members focused on short term solutions for parking in the city, specifically the parking lot on the east side of main street behind Cleary’s and M-52.

Although not definite with the fiscal year just beginning, Merkel asked fellow DDA members about needs for the district, for both the upcoming year and longer term.

With Doris Galvin, who is focusing on the long-range plan, and John Hanifan, City Manager, absent from the meeting the DDA agreed that a sperate work session to cover the topics of the long-term plan moving forward might be best.

Mayor Melissa Johnson emphasized that the strategic plan would be for 5-10 years with the DDA tentatively scheduling a work session before their next DDA meeting, that will continue to focus on strategic planning and tackling specific issues.


Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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