Support grows for a smaller Charlevoix fireplace design


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


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.


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.


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



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


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.


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