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Portage Street Infrastructure Work Scheduled to begin Monday, April 5

Construction on Portage Street will begin on Monday, April 5 as a coordinated infrastructure project gets underway between Stockbridge Avenue and E Michigan Avenue. The project will upgrade water main, reconstruct the street, and make numerous improvements based on the Edison Neighborhood Plan and Imagine Kalamazoo Master Plan.

Work will start in the area between Stockbridge Avenue and Carr Street and gradually move north on Portage and Pitcher Streets to E Michigan Avenue as the project progresses. Work is expected to be completed in November.

This project includes critical infrastructure improvements but also incorporates many elements identified in the Edison Neighborhood Plan and the Imagine Kalamazoo Master Plan. The $5.1 million investment will upgrade the undersized water main and replace part of the storm sewer. The three-lane road diet will be continued north from where it currently ends at Walnut Street on Portage Street to near E Michigan Avenue on Pitcher Street. Bike lanes will also be added on this section of the street.

Pedestrian improvements will also be made throughout the project area, including repairing sidewalks, new ADA sidewalk ramps, and safety enhancements at crosswalks. Lighting will be improved near Washington Square and the western sidewalks between Stockbridge Avenue and Washington Street will be widened, which will also accommodate new protected parallel parking. On-street parallel parking will also be added on the east side of the street between Collins Street and Lake Street, near the Creamery Development.

Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project, but drivers should expect delays at times related to construction. As new water main is connected to the system, there will be brief disruptions to water service to some properties in the project area. Precautionary water advisories should also be expected as a part of this infrastructure work. Affected residents will be notified in advance of any impacts to their water service.

The Portage Street project is slated to receive $720,000 of federal funding and $850,000 of State funding for the roadway improvements. The remainder of the project costs are split between the City of Kalamazoo’s Major Streets and Water funds. The project bidding process was completed by the Michigan Department of Transportation, and the Kalamazoo City Commission approved the contract with the State of Michigan for this work at its February 1, 2021 meeting.

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Virtual Site Showcase on March 26 Will Highlight Downtown Development Opportunity

The City of Kalamazoo and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) have released a Request for Developer Qualifications (RFQ) for a development opportunity at 140 S Edwards Street in Downtown Kalamazoo. A virtual site showcase will be held on Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. to highlight this development opportunity. You can register for the virtual showcase here.

Attendance at the virtual event is encouraged but not mandatory for those seeking to submit a proposal. Local officials, planners, and MEDC representatives will be on hand to discuss the project details including an overview of the site, community context, market conditions, site vision, preliminary cost estimates, and potential incentives.

The RFQ is seeking qualified developers to redevelop the property located at 140 S Edwards Street in downtown Kalamazoo. The 1.23-acre site has been a municipally-owned surface parking lot since the 1930’s. The City is looking to partner with a visionary developer to infill the site with active ground-level uses, micro-industry or maker spaces, parking, residential, and retail uses. With stakeholder input, the City has developed a vision for project featuring mixed-use commercial buildings, integrated parking, activation of Bates Alley, and residential units.

“We have seen a lot of exciting development in downtown Kalamazoo in recent years and this is a great opportunity to bring something new and exciting to our downtown, more than just the parking that’s currently on the site,” said Antonio Mitchell, Community Investment Manager for the City of Kalamazoo. “We invite all developers to join us on Friday to learn more about the possibilities on this site.”

RFQ proposals are being accepted through May 7. Finalists will be invited to present their proposal to the evaluation committee in June, and a development and purchase agreement are planned to be finalized in July. 

The City of Kalamazoo released this RFQ in coordination with the MEDC. In 2017, Kalamazoo was certified as a Redevelopment Ready Community by the MEDC after adopting best practices to facilitate development and remove barriers to investment. 

You can view the full RFQ for 140 S Edwards Street here.

KDPS to Host Second Town Hall on Mobile Nuisance Parties on March 22

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is inviting residents to attend a second virtual Town Hall-styled community conversation to continue discussions about the plan to address mobile nuisance parties in 2021 and beyond.

WHO:              Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety,

                        Kalamazoo Department of Public Services, and the

                        City of Kalamazoo Attorney’s Office

WHAT:             A town hall meeting to continue discussions about a plan to address mobile nuisance parties

WHEN:             Monday, March 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Electronically via zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/99968438501, or by phone at (269) 552-6425 and meeting ID 999 6843 8501

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