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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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