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      Support grows for a smaller Charlevoix fireplace design


      T

      he outdoor public fireplace that stirred up controversy in downtown
      Charlevoix now has a new look.


      T

      he new plan calls for a three foot
      tall structure with an oval shape, which is a big change from the initial plan to build a 20-foot tall community fireplace.


      "

      What we've
      done is brought it down to a something that is maybe knee height and people can gather around it and see over it and be an interactive space," Landscape designer Richard Hitz said.


      T

      he city initially went back to the drawing board after a huge public backlash when it began building the 20

      -

      foot structure in a
      East Park.


      M

      any worried that it would block the harbor view the town is known for

      , but after months of discussion some believe this is a compromised design that will work.


      "

      I think it will be a big draw

      , e

      specially because we always need room for seat

      s.



      F

      ire and water are draws and
      it would just be an attraction," Planning Commission member Becky Doan explained.


      B

      oth the
      Downtown Development Authority and the City Planning Commission recommended City Council move forward with this project. But there are some that still believe there is no need for a downtown fireplace.


      "

      This community two months

      ,

      three months really it's fine

      ,

      but when everything clears out and there's just not that much activity to support the fireplace

      ," Charlevoix resident Vic Stilson explained.


      C

      ity
      Council will hold one more public hearing on March 18th to decide the projects fate.

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