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Appraisal Costs Delay Waterfront Development Dreams in New Baltimore

The city is trying to determine what the property values are on waterfront properties.

Visitors to downtown New Baltimore will find public boat docks, kayak rentals and, if plans pan out, street scape improvements this summer.

But, Mayor Larry Smith still hopes to , to those amenities in the near future.

"I'd love to see that," Smith reiterated of his vision for the downtown. "We've addressed some real estate companies for opinions on what the property is worth down there."

The envisioned property contains the former police station, a city-owned house next door and vacant lots behind those parcels, he said.

The hold up? "To get a commercial appraisal is pretty expensive."

The city cost would be about $4,000, Smith said, adding the city has not decided to spend that amount at this time.

Last summer, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel spoke in New Baltimore of his hopes for capitalizing Lake St. Clair for recreation and tourism. Waterfront campgrounds and more beach fronts were among the ideas Hackel mentioned.

Downtown projects under way

Meanwhile, more concrete plans are in the works for a kayak rental company to come to Burke Beach. And, public boat docks are under construction nearby.

Another endeavor--the city street scape project--would ideally take place in upcoming months for completion by summer, Smith said.

However, community officials are looking at ways to scale back project expenses because the lowest bids for the work came in approximately $200,000 over budget. A Michigan Department of Transportation grant worth $340,277 along with $145,833, is to pay for the project that calls for street lights, trees, decorative benches, bike racks and more, according to the city.

petey January 12, 2013 at 08:43 AM
Big shock,NOT!!!
Brian Powers January 12, 2013 at 01:52 PM
The city wants to add hundreds of thousands of dollars of developments to the downtown waterfront but a $4000 appraisal is getting in the way? Hopefully these developments actually happen. Unfortunately New Baltimore seems to find a way not to get things like this done instead of finding ways to get them done.
Shawn January 13, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Our city has been stuck in a paradox for far too many years now. Government officials are quick to point out why things never get done and whose fault it is while sitting back and never having a solution, Its the same thing over and over all while the downtown area crumbles in front of our eyes, The boat docks are a great idea but in reality what really is in that downtown to keep the boaters coming back? With one gift store, wine house, and restaurant I doubt it will become the destination for boaters entertaining their guests. Like the merry go round set-up for Bay-Rama the politics in NB go round and round. It just never stops for those willing to step off and enjoy the ride.

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