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.