Douglas Officials Considering Two Marinas To Serve Residents, Visitors
Hypothetically, the City of Douglas could have two different public marinas for the enjoyment of visitors and locals alike in the coming years, Douglas City Manager Bill LeFevere noted on Tuesday.
That could happen if things were to go ideally, meaning the city’s application for a $750,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant, which is currently under review, would be awarded to purchase the now privately owned Point Pleasant Marina, east of the Blue Star Highway bridge and along the south edge of the Kalamazoo River.
Of the Wade’s Bayou proposal, the city recently approved a $4,800 expenditure so that Edgewater Resources can engineer plans and solicit bids for future construction of the first phase of what is proposed as a multi-phase floating marina dock system.
The two projects are independent of each other, and the notion of two different public marinas is not inconsistent with the Douglas Waterfront Master Plan, completed in 2016, as public access to the water is a high priority, said LeFevere.
The Wade’s Bayou marina, in particular, is being touted as a future feature that will meet the demand for transient dockage as well as provide a financial boost to downtown Douglas because visitors would be able to tie up their boats at a location close to the heart of downtown.
In a related news about Wade’s Bayou, at the Douglas City Council last week Monday LeFevere reported that the owner of a 10-acre piece of property located on 66th St., just west of Wiley Rd., has accepted the city’s purchase offer of $52,000.
The topic was the subject of a recent closed-session meeting and it’s still subject to Douglas City Council review and approval, expected to go to the council’s table next month.
The purchase of this property is partly a move that anticipates future changes and improvements at Wade’s Bayou in order to accommodate a marina.
In particular, the city is looking to knock down the cinder block building at Bayou park. The structure serves as a storage unit and other features for the Douglas Public Works Department, but is not aesthetically appealing and takes up parks space.
The 10-acre property is being slated for the use of public works, including the construction of garages for storage of some of public works’ equipment.