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County to Consider New $1.6 Million Facility

County to Consider New $1.6 Million Facility

By Beth Milligan

Grand Traverse County commissioners will consider constructing a new $1.6 million facility on LaFranier Road to serve as a long-term home to the Commission on Aging and Michigan State University Extension.

County Planning Director John Sych will present his recommendation Wednesday to build the facility after analyzing relocation options for the two agencies. Both COA and MSU-E are outgrowing their current space at 520 West Front Street, an 11,000 square-foot building leased by the county from the city. The aging facility is challenged by escalating utility and maintenance costs averaging nearly $34,000 annually; city officials in recent months have also discussed the possiiblity of demolishing the building and returning the property to city tax rolls through new housing or commercial development.

“That made us realize we may have to decide fairly fast where we want to go next,” COA Director Georgia Durga tells The Ticker. “We wanted to be prepared and proactive. We didn’t want to end up having to move twice and wasting a lot of time and money.” more

Today

Paddle Relay

7:00am Paddle Relay: The Watershed Center is the charity of choice for the Paddle Relay Around Lower Michigan‘s Traverse City to Charlevoix segment held July 5-11. Today’s leg is Bowers Harbor to East Bay Boat Launch. www.paddlerelay.com more

Red Wings’ Development Camp

8:45am Red Wings’ Development Camp: Held July 3-7 at Centre Ice Arena, TC. Admission, $5. www.centreice.org more

National Cherry Festival

9:00am National Cherry Festival: Today’s events include an Orchard Tour in Leelanau County, Paddle For Pints – visit six breweries via the Boardman River, a Lunchtime Concert with Miriam Pico at the Festival Open Space Park Central, the Kids’ Turtle Races at F&M Park, Concert on the Lawn at GT Pavilions with the U.S. Army Band & Soldiers Chorus, Toad the Wet Sprocket & Tonic Concert at the Festival Open Space Park Central, & much more. www.cherryfestival.org more

Oil Paintings by Janet Grissom

10:00am Oil Paintings by Janet Grissom: Janet’s travel & life experiences are seen in her work. Runs July 2-8. Closed Sun. www.liveforartgallery.com more

Chips & Dip

10:00am Chips & Dip: In this pottery wheel throwing session, you will create a chip dip platter. Held at the Old Art Building, Leland. For ages 8 & up. Cost, $60. www.oldartbuilding.com more

The Village Outdoor Farmers Market

12:00pm The Village Outdoor Farmers Market: Held on the Piazza, GT Commons, between Cottageview & Red Dr., TC every Monday through Oct. Offering farm fresh eggs, fish, meats, milk, & much more. www.thevillagetc.com more

“Coffee with Cole”

12:30pm “Coffee with Cole”: State Rep. Triston Cole invites residents of the 105th House District to meet with him to discuss state & local issues of interest. Area Seniors, Inc. Activity Center, Bellaire. www.bellairechamber.org more

Mad Science Monday

1:00pm Mad Science Monday: Cross That Bridge! Participate in hands on bridge buidling experiments. Great Lakes Children's Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org more
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