Community talks about Mitchell Street Corridor

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WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Community members and leaders met Wednesday night at Baker College in Cadillac to discuss the Mitchell Street Corridor.

That corridor runs along Mitchell St between Boon Road and U.S. 131.

It runs through Haring Township, the city of Cadillac, and Clam Lake Township.

"I think we've got a good vibrant community but there's always room to improve," said Jim Meier, a Real Estate agent who attended to see what people input people had regarding the corridor and to give some of his own input.

"I wanted to see if there was gonna be any improvements for the community," Meier said.

Meier and other community members had the chance to talk about the future of that corridor.

"People have an opportunity to speak to what they like, to what they don't like, what they think needs to be adjusted, what services they think need to be brought in," said Lisa Leedy, the Executive Director for the Alliance For Economic Success.

For people like David Miller, the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce President speeders and traffic are concerning.

"I would like to see Mitchell Street through downtown be two lanes with a center lane for turning and then angled parking with bump-outs at the crosswalks to naturally slow down traffic through the downtown area," said Miller.

Gerald Deer, a Cadillac resident who attended the meeting echoed Miller's sentiment.

"The four lanes with the truck traffic are very difficult for any pedestrian to cross anything in downtown Cadillac. The area is just way too much speed and way too much traffic," said Deer.

Awannah Buelterman, a Haring Township resident would like to see more restaurants and businesses.

"Maybe a couple nice high-end stores or we have a lot of crafts, a lot of beautiful talented people. We need some more of just another like a Macy's or something," said Buelterman.

Wednesday night's meeting just the first of three.

The Alliance for Economic Success, the Michigan State University School of Planning, Design, and Construction, and the MSU Extension who organized the meeting are hoping to see more residents and community leaders at future meetings to discuss the Mitchell Street Corridor.

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