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Saving Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island Worries About Preserving Its Past


Mackinac Island’s City Council will hold a public hearing on January 9th to discuss two proposed local historic districts. The Local Historic District Study Committee presented their findings to the city this past October, recommending the designation of these two districts. City Council may be taking a vote directly after next week’s hearing. This is a tense and exciting time for those who have been hoping to turn the tides surrounding the Island’s protection of its historic resources. This National Historic Landmark has faced an onslaught of development pressures, which have unfortunately taken their toll on the historical integrity of the community. The establishment of local historic districts will help to protect the character of the downtown and surrounding residential areas. Now is an important time to make known the preservation challenges that Mackinac Island is facing to a large audience. National Public Radio aired a story about the challenges that the Island is facing this morning by Peter Payette of Interlochen Public Radio. Please share this story widely to help raise national awareness of what is at stake.


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This past year, a local historic district study committee has evaluated Mackinac Island’s downtown commercial area as a potential local historic district. Comprised of local residents, the study committee was appointed by the city council in July 2010 when a resolution was passed to establish a downtown emergency moratorium. The moratorium curtails work that threatens irreparable harm to downtown buildings, such as demolition and changes that destroy historic character and features. The study report is now complete and a public hearing for the proposed downtown district is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday June 15 at Mackinac Island Community Hall. This public hearing is open to the public.

For more information on either event, please contact Kelly Bean, Mayor’s Assistant, at or 906-847-6556.