2019-02-09 / News

Changes at Snack Shop To Improve Rental Bike Flow, Ease Congestion


A snowmobiler passes the Ryba’s Snack Shop on Main Street Friday, February 1, which will be remodeled this spring into an expanded staging area for the Lakeview Bike Rental. The reconfiguration will help alleviate traffic flow between the building and its neighbor (left), the Waterfront Collection South hotel. A snowmobiler passes the Ryba’s Snack Shop on Main Street Friday, February 1, which will be remodeled this spring into an expanded staging area for the Lakeview Bike Rental. The reconfiguration will help alleviate traffic flow between the building and its neighbor (left), the Waterfront Collection South hotel. Under a new plan, Ryba’s Snack Shop in the Orphan Corner Mall will be eliminated to make way for new doors at the Lakeview Bike Rental. Operator Pete Deckert proposed the changes to improve the flow of traffic at his bike shop, which he intends will ease congestion at the Hoban Street alleyway, too. The alley is the end of the Hoban Street public rightof way, which extends to the water’s edge.

The bike shop is at the corner of Hoban and Main streets. The existing overhead doors that open onto Hoban Street will be replaced with a new storefront. The project includes removing the snack shop and adding a new roof that will cover the expanded open space along the sidewalk for the bike rental.

The Mackinac Island Historic District Commission and Planning Commission approved the changes this winter.

City architect Richard Neumann, who advises the HDC on whether projects are historically appropriate, said the project is compatible with the overall architecture of the buildpeople ing and would not have a significant visual impact on the structure. The building is also not historically significant, he said, since the Orphan Corner Mall was built in the 1970s and the snack shop/bike shop building added sometime after.

The HDC evaluated the architectural appearance of the project and the Planning Commission evaluated how rental bicycles will flow through the site.

At the existing Lakeview Bike Rental, customers would rent bikes from a kiosk at the sidewalk. Their bicycles would then be moved from under the overhang into the Hoban Street ending, where riders would be staged on bikes to enter Main Street.

Concerns at that corner have been raised about the traffic flow here since the Planning Commission reviewed the neighboring Waterfront Collection South hotel, which expands across the head of Shepler’s Dock. Hotel guests will enter through a door on the Hoban Street alley, next to where the Lakeview Bike Shop renters previously readied to enter Main Street.

Now that the snack shop will be eliminated, the bike shop will not use Hoban Street to stage their customers, Mr. Deckert said. Instead, customers will collect their bicycles under the new overhang along the sidewalk. Customers will use Hoban Street to return the bicycles at one of the new doors along the east side of the building.

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