More than 150 people shared their thoughts and opinions--some of them louder than others--Monday at a meeting meant to gauge the direction they want to see the go.
The meeting and an automatic survey that calculated results within 10 seconds of the audience clicking in their answers on hand-held devices focused on three main areas:
- The Village, specifically Parking Lot 2 behind Caribou Coffee and Moosejaw, the ; and a plot of land behind CVS on St. Clair, an area that previously was to be the Sunrise retirement and assisted living development.
- A Health Care District that encompasses , Notre Dame and Cadieux
- Mack Avenue/Fisher Road, primarily parking needs and whether zoning should be changed to allow for mixed uses
The survey questions included whether a movie theater in The Village was wanted (the majority said no), if a hotel is desired (the majority said yes) and if Beaumont should expand to the residential area on Notre Dame--a topic that caused tempers to flare and got a thumbs down from a good number of voters.
, a document that guides but does not necessarily dictate how the city will change and grow. The last update was in 2004. Master plans are required by the state for cities that have zoning laws, said John Jackson, executive vice president of McKenna Associates, a consulting firm that oversees master planning and is contracted by the City of Grosse Pointe.
The survey results were the most telling part of the meeting, which also included breakout sessions for brainstorming and discussions on one of the three focus areas.
The data from the survey will be used to give city planners an understanding of what residents, business owners and other stakeholders want for the city, Jackson said.
The survey, as broken down by focus areas, went like this. Answers were either yes or no or rated on a scale of 1-5, one being strongly dislike and five being strongly like.
THE VILLAGE-PARKING LOT 2 BEHIND CARIBOU, MOOSEJAW, ETC.
Question: A four-floor hotel facing St. Clair
Survey: 36 percent strongly liked; 14 percent strongly disliked.
Question: A movie theater
Survey: 42 percent strongly disliked and 23 percent strongly liked - a result that brought cheers and applause.
Question: A performing arts theater
Survey: 14 percent strongly disliked, 26 percent strongly liked
Question: Two-level parking lot with commercial use
Survey: 17 percent strongly disliked, 24 percent strongly liked
Question: Four-level parking with commercial
Survey: 52 percent strongly disliked, 9 percent strongly liked
THE VILLAGE: SUNRISE PLOT BEHIND CVS ON ST. CLAIR
Question: Five-floor hotel
Survey: 40 percent strongly liked, 18 percent strongly disliked
Question: Townhomes or condos
Survey: 47 percent strongly liked, 9 percent strongly disliked
Question: Assisted living facility
Survey: 34 percent strongly liked, 17 percent strongly disliked
Question: Office building
Survey: 43 percent strongly disliked, 5 percent liked
Question: Single-family homes
Survey: 35 percent strongly disliked, 32 percent strongly liked
Question: Live/Work concept, where owners buy property where they live and work, typically working on one level and living on the other. It's a concept that's gaining popularity in emerging downtown areas.
Survey: 15 percent no, 32 percent yes
Question: Multi-story apartments
Survey: 32 percent strongly disliked, 21 percent strongly liked
Question: Larger luxury apartments
Survey: 48 percent strongly disliked
Survey: 18 percent strongly disliked, 25 percent strongly liked
an area designated in the last master plan update. It has yet to expand though the hospital owns numerous homes on Notre Dame, where any expansion would occur.
Question: Surface parking
Survey: 42 percent strongly disliked, 25 percent strongly liked 42 percent no, 25 percent OK
Question: Medical office building
Survey: 38 percent strongly disliked, 28 percent strongly liked
Question: Four-story patient building
Survey: 59 percent strongly disliked, 19 percent strongly liked
MACK AVENUE/FISHER ROAD
Question: More flexibility in zoning, allowing for mixed zoning within blocks rather than one type of zoning per block
Survey: 90 percent said yes
Question: Do you believe there is enough parking to serve the uses along Mack Avenue?
Survey: 43 percent yes, 57 percent no
Question: Should every business be required to provide its own parking
Survey: 11 percent yes, 89 percent no
Question: Should the houses behind alleys be allowed to be converted to parking
Survey: 57 percent yes, 43 percent no
Question: Do you believe the uses on Fisher Road should be more like uses on Mack of more like The Village
Survey: 85 percent The Village, 15 percent Mack Avenue
Question: Do you believe there is enough parking for uses on Fisher Road?
Survey: 83 percent yes
Question: Should individual businesses be required to provide their own parking on site
Survey: 85 percent no
Before the survey, Jackson explained the master planning process, which will last months and involve many meetings, including public hearings.
Jackson, a resident of Grosse Pointe with children at and at told the audience, "I have a vested interest also."
He also made it clear that this was preliminary, a starting point for the process, that there will be other opportunities to have input into the plan.
"I can guarantee you there weren't this many people at the last master plan," he said, referring to the large audience, which was likely spurred by the recent movie theater proposal that were submitted to the city.
None of the large-scale projects from the 2004 project, a hotel and the Sunrise Assisted Living facility, came to pass, Jackson pointed out.
Mayor Dale Scrace welcomed the larger than expected audience, telling them "there are no preconceived ideas of what the plan should be."