Orange traffic cones at the corner of Cass and Front streets in downtown Traverse City are the first signs of the construction zone to come. In a recent letter to downtown Traverse City businesses, Tim Pulliam, co-developer of the commercial project on the high-profile corner, and future tenant Paul Danielson detail the building plans and subsequent work zone inconveniences about to get underway.
Drivers should note that the half block of Cass Street just south of Front will be down to one lane for a while. Pending any obstacles, work crews will be performing demolition, excavating, pouring foundations, setting steel girders and putting up the exterior of the building before the snow falls.
"As city residents we, along with everyone else, want the project to be completed quickly and with as little mess as possible," the letter states. "We understand that constructing a building on the busiest corner in downtown TC is going to create inconvenience for others and we want to apologize for this in advance."
The owners of Traverse City's Trattoria Stella – Danielson, his wife Amanda and executive chef Myles Anton – will anchor the development with a new yet-to-named restaurant. Danielson says the restaurant will bring close to 100 jobs to downtown.
The project has a targeted May 2014 completion date. For more background on the commercial development, click here.