In summer 2019, 1.5 contiguous lots were donated to the Village of Calumet Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The property was donated with the understanding that a centrally located greenspace could be created for the community to enjoy.
The property, located at 325-329 5th Street, was previously home to two buildings. 327-329 5th was occupied by the Sterk Block which for many years housed Superior Bowling Alleys, owned by the Antioho family. Sadly, the building partially collapsed and was ultimately demolished in 2018.
Less is known about the building at 325 5th Street which was demolished over a decade ago.
The DDA formed the Calumet Greenspace Steering Committee to help guide the acquisition and development of the project in spring 2019. The group decided to implement a phased approach to improvements to coincide with acquisition activities, with the initial phase focused on immediately improving the aesthetics of the property. This was achieved by grading the lots and planting grass. As of September 1st, 2019, a lawn is in place and the property is now owned by the Village of Calumet DDA.
Up to this point the project has received the following support;
In addition to the donated labor and materials the following has been spent or will be spent;
" There is increasing recognition that enhancing green, public open spaces in cities provides a strategy to make those cities more sustainable, more livable, and more equitable. ”
-Stephanie Pincetl, Journal of Urban Geography
Phase 2 started in January, 2020 with a Greenspace Committee Meeting in which the group decided upon goals for the project. Our designer, Keweenaw National Historical Park (KNHP) Landscape Architect, Steve Delong, will be creating a few concept design alternatives which will be vetted first by the Committee and then presented to the public.
The final result of Phase Two will be;
As the project evolves so to will the timeline for this project. A best case scenario would see fundraising in fall of 2020 and project construction initiated in spring 2021.
The goal of our Design Program was the creation of a draft concept design that can be publicly vetted, approved by the Village of Calumet DDA and ultimately constructed.
You can view the steps of the Design Program below, which is also summarized in the Calumet Greenspace Concept Design video above.
Thanks to KNHP and Steve Delong for their on-going technical assistance on this project.