GPS “Place-Making” Complete in Northern Michigan for Local Government
GPS staff proudly concluded a nine month contract with the Grand Traverse Regional Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Michigan Council of Governments on April 1 for the administration of a place-making plan for the Village of Beulah, located in Northern Michigan. The Village competed and won a coveted Community Development Grant to re-envision streetscapes and to design critical connectors between its downtown core and active waterfront. GPS administered the contractual work and acted as liaison between multiple local agencies, the Village, and third-party contractors.
The Village of Beulah is located in Benzie County, Michigan, within the Traverse City Metropolitan region. It is a major tourism and recreation destination, located on the shores of Crystal Lake. Community leaders are taking proactive steps to reposition the Village to attract New Economy businesses and entrepreneurs to live, work, and play in the four-season destination. To that end, an emphasis is placed on downtown development, place-making, and shoreline connectivity. GPS worked with Gosling Czubak Engineers on this assignment. Based on the development of the plans, the City was recently awarded a nearly $500,000 grant to begin implementation.