City manager: Parking lot behind Elk Avenue should be paved by July 4

Via Cadillac News

By Chris Lamphere

CADILLAC — Despite some rumors Councilman John Meinhardt said he heard about the parking lot construction behind Elk Avenue, City Manager Marcus Peccia said the project is coming along smoothly and should be ready for parking by July 4.

The lot behind Elk Avenue has been torn up for several weeks as crews install utilities infrastructure in preparation for an eventual splash pad/skating rink and fireplace to be constructed as part of what has been dubbed “The Plaza at Cadillac Commons.”

Cadillac Commons is comprised of the Plaza, Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion, open air farmers market and extension of the White Pine Trail into downtown.

Funds to pay for pavilion renovations came from a combination of Rotary donations and a crowdfunding campaign.

Recently, the city issued a notice of intent to borrow $3.3 million to pay for street repairs and other projects over the next few years. If borrowing is approved by council, about 1/3 of the $3.3 million is planned to go toward construction of the parking lot behind Elk Avenue.

Meinhardt said he saw rumors “all over Facebook” about there being problems with the “drainage” of the splash pad that have delayed the construction process.

Peccia said he has heard about no such problems with the project.

He added that while it might seem as though work is not being done at the site, crews have been busy installing underground infrastructure.

By the Fourth of July, Peccia said the parking lot should be covered with a “base layer” of asphalt and be ready for use.

Other aspects of the project, including construction of the splash pad/skating rink and fireplace, won’t be finished until at least the fall, Peccia said.

Work on the open air farmers market also won’t be complete until later this year. The extension of the White Pine Trail is scheduled for sometime next year.

As for the pavilion, Peccia said work is about 95 percent complete, with the only major aspect left undone being the sail devices installed to block sunlight.