PlacePlans is a joint effort betweenÂ Michigan State UniversityÂ and theÂ Michigan Municipal League, funded by theÂ Michigan State Housing Development AuthorityÂ (MSHDA) through theÂ MIPlace initiative, to help communities design and plan for transformative placemaking projects.Â Successful placemaking is a dynamic, strategic approach to community development and economic revitalization based on an individual communityâ€™s strengths within core â€œquality of lifeâ€ areas.Â With a comprehensive understanding of a communityâ€™s place-based assets, and the tools and strategies to best leverage them, a successful â€œPlacePlanâ€ can develop.
The PlacePlans process is customized to each project and community, but each involves an intensive community engagement strategy, including a public visioning session, several public meetings to provide specific input and feedback on plans and designs, and direct work with key community stakeholders along the way. The PlacePlan projects will positively impact each communityâ€™s ability to leverage their place-based assets as economic drivers, and will provide lessons large and small for communities across Michigan.
Final PlacePlan Reports
Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the PlacePlans we have worked on to date. Click on the city name to access the final report.
Cities marked with an asterisk in the following list are currently involved in the PlacePlans process and will have final reports by the end of 2015. Their pages will show you the PlacePlans process in action throughout the year. Those cites are Benton Harbor, Boyne City, Farmington/Farmington Hills, Lathrup Village, Monroe, Niles, Saginaw, and Traverse City.
NOTE: Population figures are from the 2010 U.S. Census. They are intended to give you a general idea of the size of the city.
AlleganÂ (population 4.998):Â Downtown riverfront redevelopment
AlpenaÂ (population 10,483): Public plaza
*Benton HarborÂ (population 10,038): Public plaza
BerkleyÂ (population 14,970): Pop-up placemaking
*Boyne City (population 3,735) : Waterfront redevelopment
CadillacÂ (populationÂ 10,355): Public plaza
DearbornÂ (population 98,153): Transit-oriented development
DetroitÂ (population 713,777): Brownfield redevelopment
*Farmington/Farmington Hills (population 90,112): Creating neighborhood nodes
FlintÂ (population 102,434): Multi-modal greenway
HollandÂ (population 33,051): Food innovation district
JacksonÂ (population 33,534): Pedestrian Alley
KalamazooÂ (population 74,262): Healthy living campus
*Lathrup VillageÂ (population 4,075):Â City-center retrofit
MarquetteÂ (population 21,355): Downtown gateway
MidlandÂ (population 41,863): Farmerâ€™s market
*MonroeÂ (population 20,733): Pedestrian alley
*NilesÂ (populationÂ 11,600): Downtown riverfront redevelopment
*SaginawÂ (population 51,508): Asset inventory and strategic prioritization
Sault Sainte MarieÂ (populationÂ 14,144): Pedestrian alley
*Traverse City (population 14,674): Public park space redevelopment
UticaÂ (population 4,757): â€œDowntown Business Passportâ€
2015 PlacePlans Media Coverage
- Saginaw ‘placemaking’ project aims to set priorities for development in downtown, Old Town – Mlive, Feb. 26, 2015
- Planning assistance directed at Niles and Benton Harbor – South Bend Tribune, Feb. 19, 2015
- Boyne City and Traverse City will have PlacePlans – Northwest Michigan’s Second Wave, Feb. 17, 2015
- Monroe alleyway the focus of PlacePlans workÂ – Monroe News, Feb. 15, 2015
- Unnoticed glen in heart of Traverse City gets attention – Traverse City Record-Eagle, Feb. 6, 2015
- Boyne City lands grant to create waterfront plan – Petoskey News, Feb. 6, 2015
- Michigan Municipal League picks 7 cities to get help with key economic development projects – Daily Journal, Feb. 5, 2015
- 7 Michigan cities to get ‘placemaking’ assistance to help communities thrive – Mlive, Feb. 5, 2015
- Benton Harbor, Niles get help with parks ideas – The Herald Palladium, Feb. 4, 2015