Eighth Street reconstruction plans move forward

    During their meeting Wednesday night, the Traverse City Planning Commission discussed the plans to reconstruct Eighth Street. (WPBN/Brittney Buti)

    GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Plans to reconstruct one the bumpiest roads in Traverse City are moving forward.

    During the Traverse City Planning Commission's meeting Wednesday, commissioners discussed design plans for Eighth Street.

    Right now, there are five zoning districts along the street and the commission wants to simplify that down to one.

    A big part of zoning is building height.

    Although consultants suggested the max height be seven stories, the city planning director said they are proposing a max height of four or five stories.

    Officials said the overall vision of Eighth Street is to make it more pedestrian friendly and give it a more downtown feel.

    Planning Director Russ Soyring said the street will be down to three lanes, one in each direction and a center turning lane, as well as pedestrian islands in the middle for mid-block crosswalks.

    Construction is slated to start in July after the National Cherry Festival.

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