IRON BELLE TRAIL


Description:

The Iron Belle Trail project consists of the construction of an 11.5 mile long, 10 foot wide, crushed limestone trail starting at Passenheim Rd in Waters, and extending north to Fairview Rd in Gaylord.  The trail is an extension of the North Central State Trail, which begins at Fairview Rd in Gaylord and extends north to Mackinaw City.  The local trail project is part of the larger state Iron Belle Trail, planned to be Michigan’s “showcase trail”.  Once completed, the trail will extend over 2,000 miles from the far western tip of the U.P. to Belle Isle in Detroit.  Final completion and opening of the trail to pedestrian traffic occurred in July 2019.

Plans & Renderings:

State Wide Overview
           
Iron Belle Trail Plans

Photos:  

Funding Sources:

  • Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant: $1,380,000.00
  • Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant: $600,000.00
  • Iron Belle Trail grant: $30,000.00
  • Local funding between Otsego County, Otsego Lake Township, and Bagley Township: $610,000.00
  • Department of Natural Resources Trail Program grant: $318,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

Gaylord Herald Times Article

Gaylord Herald Times Article

NEMCOG Article

DNR Iron Belle Trail Informational Website


IRON BELLE TRAIL EXTENSION


Description:

The Iron Belle Trail Extension project piggybacks on the original project. The extension adds roughly 2-miles of length to the trail through Otsego County, extending it’s southern boundary from Passenheim Rd in Waters, roughly to the Crawford County Line.  As stated above, this local trail project is part of the larger state Iron Belle Trail Project. The Iron Belle Trail is planned to be Michigan’s “showcase trail”.  Once completed, it will extend over 2,000 miles from the far western tip of the U.P. to Belle Isle in Detroit. Construction of the extension began in May 2019, and was completed in July 2019.

Plans & Renderings:

Plans

Photos:  

Funding Sources:

  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources IBT Challenge grant: $200,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

Gaylord Herald Times Article


IRON BELLE TRAILHEAD


Description:

The Iron Belle Trailhead will be built on the east side of the railroad tracks between Main and Mitchell streets.  The project is part of the Iron Belle Trail expansion and will include a pavilion with outdoor seating and restrooms, an area for parking, landscaping, and bike racks.  The preliminary design incorporates key design elements from both the City Streetscape Project and the County Lawn Project.  The entrance to the trailhead would be on Main and exit on Mitchell.  The project is estimated to start in Spring 2020, with a completion date of Fall 2020.

Plans & Renderings:

Iron Belle Trailhead Preliminary Drawing

Preliminary Pavilion Rendering

Rendered Trailhead Concept

Photos:

Funding Sources:

  • Michigan DNR Trust Fund:  $380,000.00
  • Michigan DNR Recreational Trails Program:  $320,000.00
  • MEDC CDBG Grant: $300,000.00
  • Local Match: $60,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

Gaylord Herald Times Article

9&10 News Article


 

ENTRANCE TO GROEN NATURE PRESERVE


Description:

The Groen Nature Preserve New Entrance Drive and Parking Lot Project consists of the installation of a new crushed limestone driveway, parking lot and pathway, concrete sidewalk with curb and gutter, and cultured stone veneer pillared entrance with an asphalt approach.  The entire drive will be landscaped with approximately 70 sugar maple trees.  The project was completed in July 2019.

Plans & Renderings:

Groen Site Plan

Gate Rendering

Photos: 

Funding Sources:

  • Groen Project Trust Fund: ~$316,000.00

e.  Newspaper articles:

Otsego County Parks and Recreation Groen Nature Preserve Webpage 

Gaylord Herald Times Article

Gaylord Herald Times Article

 


ALPINE CENTER 2ND FLOOR CARPET & PAINT


Description:

The 2nd floor of Otsego County’s Alpine Center received a facelift in the form of new carpet and paint. The new carpet and paint replaced the existing carpet and paint which was over a decade old.

Plans & Renderings:

N/A

Photos:

Funding Sources:

  • Otsego County:  $40,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

N/A


EMPLOYEE PARKING LOT PAVING


Description:

The employee parking lot at the downtown County Building received new asphalt following the demolition of the Information Center.

Plans & Renderings:

N/A

Photos:

Funding Sources:

  • Otsego County: ~ $9,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

N/A


COUNTY BUILDING WINDOWS, PAINT, AND ROOF


Description:

The Otsego County Building will be getting an upgrade in the form of new windows, roof, and paint. The side and rear windows of the building will be replaced, which will complete the total window replacement project started in 2016. The existing asphalt shingles and EPDM rubber will be replaced on the roof, with metal accents being added to the clocktower and upper mansard on the front of the building. The color scheme of the building is also being changed from the existing orange and brown to a red and grey scheme.

Plans & Renderings:

Architectural Plan

Building Rendering

Photos:

Funding Sources:

  • Otsego County: ~ $229,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

Gaylord Herald Times Article


FORMER ROYAL CREST MOTEL DEMOLITION


Description:

The former Royal Crest Motel located at 803 S Otsego Ave in Gaylord is slated to be demolished in Spring 2020. Demolition will commence following the completion of a Phase I and Phase II environmental investigation and the development of engineered demolition plans. 

Plans & Renderings:

N/A

Photos:

Funding Sources:

  • Otsego County: TBD

Newspaper Articles:

Gaylord Herald Times Article

        Gaylord Herald Times Article

 

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