Apartment complex proposed in downtown Esky

Artist rendition of proposed apartment complex on the 1400 block of Ludington Street

ESCANABA — A site plan for a proposed four-story multi-family apartment and retail complex to be built in downtown Escanaba will be reviewed by the city’s planning commission during its regular meeting Thursday. A public hearing is also scheduled.

The project — estimated to cost between $5 million to $6 million — would be constructed on the 1400 block of Ludington Street on the former Northern Motors property, according to the developer, Bay de Noc Limited Dividend Housing Association, which plans to purchase the land pending the city’s approval of the project.

The 13,844-square-foot structure would include a lobby, commercial suites and six apartments on the first floor while the other three floors would house 39 additional apartments. The low to moderate income housing would be one-, two- or three-bedroom units.

The project also includes 55 on-site parking spaces and 21 shared parking spaces.

According to the minutes from a Jan. 23 pre-site plan review meeting between the developer, City Manager Patrick Jordan, and city department heads, the property would be managed by a local management company.

A representative of the project, Craig Patterson, stated during last month’s meeting the developer will be requesting a variance to allow apartments on the first floor and will also be applying for a payment in lieu of taxes in conjunction with the project’s construction.

Bay de Noc Limited Dividend Housing Association has similar development projects in Michigan, including a 112-unit building and a 72-unit building in Traverse City, a 68-unit complex in Grand Rapids, a 40-unit building in St. Ignace, a 32-unit building in Iron River, and a 24-unit building in Munising.

According to the planning commissioners’ meeting packet for Thursday, the city administration is recommending approval of the project under the condition a full-scale plan be submitted for review that complies with water, wastewater and electrical connections.

Owners of 46 properties in the project’s vicinity were notified in writing by the city about the proposed construction plans and were invited to attend Thursday’s public hearing on the matter.

Other agenda items include a public hearing on a request for a special land use to allow Meijer to construct a Tesla Supercharging Station in its parking lot for hybrid electric vehicles.

The planning commission will also review a site plan for the city’s proposed one-megawatt solar project to be constructed on a 10-acre site within the Delta County Airport property. A public hearing is also scheduled for this project.

Owners of property within the vicinity of the above two projects have also been notified of these proposals and were invited to attend Thursday’s public hearings.

Thursday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Escanaba City Hall.