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After much debate and the passing and failing of several motions, the Mount Pleasant City Commission voted to amend several sections of the city's zoning ordinance to update standards for student-populated neighborhoods north of campus.Known as the M-2 district, the redevelopment of the area has been an issue for city government for years.
Todd's Party Store closed in March 2014 after eight years of business at 104 E. May St. The store was owned by Todd Gurzick, who leased the property from Marshall Real Estate, according to Mount Pleasant property tax records.
Students can expect Welcome Weekend-level police enforcement during all of Central Michigan University's big event weekends. At tonight's Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting, Mount Pleasant Police Captain Paul Lauria presented feedback to commissioners regarding student behavior during Welcome Weekend. He said police implemented plans to deal with behavior, including large crowds, ordinance violations, trash and fireworks.
"It's good to inform students over the summer, but then the other 19,000 come back and don't know about the changes.
For decades, longtime Mount Pleasant residents have watched with skepticism as Central Michigan University and city officials attempt to tame student partying.
Pi Kappa Phi can adorn their new home with fraternity letters for the first time since moving to the property in June.
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI -- At least 12 members of Pi Kappa Phi are now living in the old Delta Chi house, which has remained fraternity free since 2014.Fraternity members moved into the duplex at 1007 S.
This fall, students will need to comply with several city ordinance changes made during the summer.-Changes during the summer-Side bar on city drinking ordinancesPublic hearing set for M-2 CodificationWaste ordinancesPilot recycling programAdditional code enforcement officerRaising parking ticket fees on some streets General topic of student behavior
A public hearing on several changes to the M-2 district, which is primarily occupied by students, is set for Sept.
Matthew Sous saw his first proposal as a city commissioner pass during the Aug. 10 meeting. On a mission to make recycling accessible for more Mount Pleasant residents and students, Sous proposed the program, which passed along with several amendments to the city's solid waste ordinance. "Passing this will be a huge step forward for the city of Mount Pleasant," Sous said.
During the July 27 meeting, the Mount Pleasant City Commission discussed amending the city's zoning ordinance to authorize transitional zoning in the Mission Redevelopment Overlay Zone. "The zone is intended to promote the redevelopment and rehabilitation of buildings and properties along and adjacent to Mission Street by allowing flexible and sensible zoning and design standards that measurably improve the city's tax base and overall property appearance," reads the ordinance. The commission voted 3-2 in favor of the amendments, which would allow for the building of apartments next to single-family residences or the university in the Mission Overlay Zone. Currently, the ordinance allows first-floor residential uses if they function as a transition between commercial and single-family dwellings.
At the July 27 City Commission meeting, commissioners will hold a public hearing to discuss amending Mount Pleasant's zoning ordinance for the Mission Overlay Zone.The zone focuses on the redevelopment of buildings along or adjacent to Mission Street, allowing flexible zoning and design standards that could improve the city's tax base and overall appearance, according to city documents. Currently, the ordinance allows first-floor residential uses if they function as a transition between commercial and single-family dwellings.
What started as a public hearing to appeal a decision of the Mount Pleasant Planning Commission turned into a series of comments from residents about student housing and behavior.At the July 22 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, board members were set to discuss and possibly appeal the Planning Commission's May 7 decision to deny a Special Use Permit for a duplex at 714 S.
Students could see new recycling ordinances this fall, as part of the city's proposed amendments to their solid waste program.During a July 13 Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting, commissioners voted to hold a public hearing on their proposed amendments for Aug.
The Mount Pleasant City Commission will hold a public hearing on Aug. 10 on proposed amendments to their solid waste program.The proposed changes came out of a June 8 work session, and address three factors to be targeted.
The Mount Pleasant City Commission will discuss funding for an overlay project on Bellows Street at their upcoming July 13 meeting.The city engineering department submitted a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality grant application of ultra-thin overlays on some city streets, including Bellows Street to Crapo Street to Isabella Road.
Casa Loma apartments, located on Edgewood Drive, were approved for a permit to raze existing buildings and construct a 10-unit rooming dwelling for 39 occupants at the July 9 Mount Pleasant Planning Commission meeting.The addition will feature 10 buildings with 39 additional parking spaces, which can be shared with adjacent dwellings.
Planning Commissioner Michael Kostrzewa said the M-2 District will never look like a family-occupied dwelling.Kostrzewa used a comparison to Chicago to demonstrate the differences he sees in student neighborhoods there, and those included in the M-2 District, which are north of campus between Bellows and High streets."There is a mediocrity of buildings that have been done there," he said.
At a recent City Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to have an additional code enforcement officer to work in student-populated neighborhoods.The recommendation came from City Manager Nancy Ridley, who said another officer would help build the city's relationship with students and their compliance with regulations on outdoor trash and partying.Ridley said the need for extra enforcement comes from concerns of Mount Pleasant residents who live close to the M-2 district.
More code enforcement will be established in the M-2 district when students return in the fall.At the June 22 City Commission meeting, commissioners voted on hiring an additional code enforcement officer who will work specifically in the mostly student-populated neighborhood.Mayor Jim Holton said the additional code enforcement is about education."(The officer) will be working differently in that area because of the behavior and attitudes in that area," he said.The commissioners also discussed a Zoning Ordinance amendment to provide greater flexibility in consideration of first-floor residential uses as a transitional use.