Friday, December 26, 2008

More Than Just a Trolley in Petoskey

from an article in the Petoskey News-Review, "City officials excited about passage of railway legislation", by Noah Fowler, Dec 23, 2008

Last week, the Michigan House passed SB 1536 unanimously. So who cares? Petoskey cares. Walkers and bikers care. The newly passed legislation will allow the City of Petoskey to purchase a downtown rail corridor from MDOT. Now the bill just needs Granholm's signature.

Significant work on the project has already been done, and city manager George Korthauer said he believes the process will be able to move quickly once the bill is signed.

“The city and state will have to come to some agreement on an appraised value and then begin process to acquire it,” said Korthauer.

A spokesman for MDOT said the state organization is aware of the importance of this property to the local community, but does not have a specific timetable set.

The purchase will make it possible to reinstate the downtown trolley, but a walking and biking path will run the length of the linear space from the Zipp Building at the corner of Petoskey and Grove streets to Bay View.

“It’s all part of a vision using the trolley as a tourist attraction and as a way to take people from parking into town,” said Smith. “This adds a linkage and it will make it easier for someone in Bay View to stroll into downtown.”
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