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Plan for luxury apartments, 400-seat restaurant in Traverse City moves forward

The development would bring 10,000 square feet of commercial space, 77 apartments and possibly a riverfront dining patio.

A plan to bring a 400-seat restaurant and luxury apartments to downtown Traverse City is moving forward.

On Tuesday night, the city planning commission approved the site plan for the Breakwater development, with some conditions.

The project, on the corner of North Union and Garland Streets, would bring 10,000 square feet of commercial space, 77 apartments and possibly a riverfront dining patio.

The project's principal architect shared the updated plans, including incorporating brick into the building to match the look of downtown, as well as creating art displays for a more "plaza" feel.

Commissioners and residents alike had a chance to ask questions and express their opinions at the meeting.

Several commissioners expressed concern about the building's "resort-like" style, saying it didn't fit the look of the Warehouse District.

The developer's request for 36 surface parking spaces was also a concern, as the Downtown Development Authority aims to limit large paved parking lots downtown.

Planning commissioners ended up voting 7 to 1 to approve the project, with several conditions involving parking and developments along the river.

The developer can now continue making plans and applying for permits.






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