Marquette Downtown Development Authority

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Downtown Development Authority has introduced a new Downtown Façade Improvement Grant Program. 

Businesses and property owners within the downtown district can apply annually for money to upgrade building exteriors. The program offers a 1:2 match, with a maximum reimbursement of $5,000 and a minimum total project cost of $3,000.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Downtown Development Authority has been awarded a 2018 Keep America Beautiful grant. 

The city’s Cigarette Litter Prevention Program will receive $2,500 dollars to help purchase cigarette urns. They’ll be placed in strategic locations downtown. The money will also be used to educate smokers about the negative effects of cigarette butt litter and distribute portable ash trays.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station has been installed in Marquette’s Bluff Street parking ramp. 

The 240-volt dual charger is on the eastern end of the lower level. It can charge two electric vehicles at the same time. The Marquette Downtown Development Authority says the new station replaces an older, less reliable charging station that was no longer being repaired by its parent company.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The likeness of a beloved member of the Marquette community will be unveiled downtown next week. 

A statue of Phil Niemisto will be placed in the Pocket Park on Washington Street.

The 87-year-old Niemisto has been cleaning the windows of downtown buildings and tending flowers in the park for years. Thanks to a GoFundMe page, enough money was raised to commission local artist Earl Senchuk to create a life-size statue of Phil to put on a bench among the flowers.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is setting plans in motion for the 2017 Halloween Spectacle. 

Called an alchemy of pageantry, music, theater, and dance, this year’s theme is The Four Elements. Harlow Park is providing the backdrop for the October 28 spectacle, which will start with a procession down the 100 block of West Washington Street at 6 p.m.

Funding for the event was secured through a $4,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, $2,500 from the DDA, and $5,000 from the City of Marquette.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Downtown Marquette’s newly installed parking meters go live on Monday. 

Downtown Development Authority officials say the 365 meters feature smart technology and payment options including coins, credit, and debit cards. The parking rate will still be 50 cents an hour, but users can choose to pay a quarter and receive a half-hour, instead.

Parking time limits, rates, and enforcement hours are displayed on each meter. Officials say future plans include paying by phone.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is revamping downtown parking meters.

Beginning next week the DDA will replace the circa-1950 meters throughout the district with smart meters.  The new meters will accept coins and credit cards for the 50-cents-an-hour fee. Officials say the meters are designed to be intuitive and will guide the user through the transaction.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Front Street streetscape reconstruction project in Marquette is nearing its final phase.  

Construction on the eastern side of the 100 block of South Front begins this week.  It includes curb replacement, the addition of street trees, and the removal of brick pavers.  They’ll be replaced with regular and stamped colored concrete.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette snowboarding event scheduled for this weekend has been canceled due to the weather. 

The Downtown Showdown Rail Jam was supposed to take place Saturday downtown, but forecasted above-freezing temperatures and rain have forced officials to postpone the event until next year.  Marquette Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Mona Lang says the amount of snow that would have to be hauled to the 100 and 200 blocks of North Front Street won’t hold up to those conditions. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is holding hearings on a new food truck ordinance. 

The Marquette City Commission ordered the city manager to work with the DDA to develop an ordinance that would regulate food trucks in a way that’s acceptable to both them and “brick and mortar” buildings. 

Wheeled restaurants around the area include Dia de los Tacos, Señors Food Truck, and Rollin’ Smoke.