2013-08-02 / News

Hotel Plan Review Meeting on Hold; Deadline to Apply Extended

The Tuesday, July 30, special Mackinac Island Historic District Commission meeting to review plans for the proposed Main Dock Inn at the head of the Arnold Line Dock was cancelled after the application deadline was extended 30 days.

Previously, the HDC had until the end of July to decide whether to allow the proposed hotel that could include the demolition of a contributing historical structure, but asked for an extension until their regularly scheduled Tuesday, August 13, meeting to have enough time to review the application.

According to Main Dock Inn co-developer Melanie Libby, the decision to extend the ap- plication deadline came after attorney Dennis O. Cawthorne approached her and business partner Ira Green seeking an extension. Mr. Cawthorne was recently hired by the city to coordinate the efforts of legal experts who will investigate the possibility of the city acquiring the Arnold Transit Dock and the Coal Dock from Jim Wynn, and the property of the proposed Main Dock Inn, owned by Ms. Libby and Mr. Green’s company Main Dock 7271, LLC.

“We agreed to extend the deadline to reevaluate the situation and find a solution that is acceptable to everyone,” Ms. Libby told the Town Crier.

Now, with this newest application deadline extension, the HDC will have until Thursday, September 12, to make a decision about the proposed hotel at the head of the Arnold Line Dock.

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