Hearing set on 9-story buildings in Traverse City

Associated Press

Traverse City — A public hearing is scheduled for next month about plans for a pair of nine-story buildings in downtown Traverse City that have drawn opposition.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports a hearing is Sept. 21 on granting a special use permit for the project along the Boardman River. A tax subsidy needed to make some of the apartments affordable also is expected to be taken up on the same day.

Commissioners also plan a study session Aug. 31 to address pending issues for the project.

City planners voted last month to approve a permit that will allow the mixed-use development. The project has sparked debate about how the buildings might affect the character of the popular northern Michigan tourist destination. There’s an Oct. 1 deadline to apply for state funding.