AFTER A FEW delays, the move-in date for the first residents at the brand new One Marquette Place on the lakeshore has now been set for January 2nd.
That’ll include residents on the first and second floors, along with some on the third.
The rest of the residents on the upper floors will all be able to move in by February 1st. This, according to architect and partner Barry Polzin.
Polzin says more than 50% of the high rise apartments have been pre-leased.
But One Marquette Place is just the start of a complex of buildings along the lake.
Two Marquette Place is next. It’ll be located between One Marquette Place and the Hampton Inn. Four stories. Two floors for offices, two for high-end condos. Polzin expects to start that building this spring.
Then there’s Three Marquette Place. Start date uncertain. This four story building will be on Lakeshore Boulevard, partially in front of the Hampton Inn. Retail shops along the sidewalk, offices and apartments above.
And then finally, there’s what Polzin is calling One Marquette Place Plus. An addition to One Marquette Place, on the lakeside. A prime office space on the ground floor, and one condo on each of the upper five floors. High-priced. Very high-priced.
A couple of caveats here. Polzin concedes that the financing isn’t in place for all of these plans, but they ‘re working on it. And second, no surprise to anyone, plans can change as the market changes. As the economy changes.
If the real estate bubble pops or the nation sinks into recession, then all of these plans might have to be revised, delayed, or even erased.
But for now, Marquette’s skyline along the lake has changed, and likely will continue to change, much to the consternation of some critics who think the buildings are too tall, too massive, and not quite in keeping with the character of Marquette.
SPEAKING OF DELAYS.
No skiing on Marquette Mountain this week, in spite of previous expectations.
The snow guns finally fired up a few days ago but then toward the end of the week, warmer weather moved in, making the snow-makers useless. They need temperatures consistently below 28 degrees. So they were shut off.
GM Frank Malette says a cool-down isn’t expected until Sunday evening, and then it should continue for a week or more. That’s when the snow guns should be operating at peak effectiveness.
So when will the Mountain open up for skiing and snowboarding? Malette, who’s faced some criticism from Marquette Mountain veterans, says he’s learned his lesson. He won’t announce an opening date until the day before they open their doors.
For instance, if they’re opening next Saturday, they’d announce it on Friday. Keep your fingers crossed and hope Mother Nature cooperates.
As for the vandalism to the water system that Malette reported recently, he says that’s now being investigated by the Marquette Police.
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