2016-07-23 / News

Historic District Expansion Returns To Committee

The Historic District Study Committee will reconvene to consider whether to amend the Market and Main Historic District boundaries again, this time to include a portion of Haldimand Bay.

In June, Historic District Commission attorney Gary Rentrop recommended that the boundaries be expanded to include all of Haldimand Bay, but the HDC asked to only have a portion of the bay described. In July, the HDC agreed to use a survey map from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The map shows a survey lines extending from Windermere Point and Fort Street, which create a triangularshaped wedge.

The updated historic district boundary map is needed because the current map outlines only some of the existing docks, such as the Arnold Dock, Shepler Dock, and Star Line Dock. Any new docks would not be included in the historic district, as the boundary map is shown now. One new dock is proposed at the Iroquois Hotel, plans for which the owners have voluntarily agreed to submit for HDC review.

Both breakwalls are part of the downtown historic district, but only about half of the shoreline between them is protected by a historic district.

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