The City of Whitehall is replacing the public parking lots at the north end of Mears Avenue. The project will begin today, Monday, March 15 and will be ongoing through the end of June 2021. The work will involve the removal and replacement of the parking lots on either side of Mears Avenue north of Colby Street. These lots are owned by the City of Whitehall. While the construction takes place, there will be NO PARKING allowed in these lots. Access will only be available for deliveries.

Other work that will take place will involve new drainage for the parking lot, new lighting, new walkways, new seat walls, landscaping, a place for the community holiday tree, an outdoor natural gas fire place, benches, and trash receptacles.

You can check out the City’s project vision here.

McCormick Sand will be the general contractor. They will also have numerous sub-contractors onsite.

The project was designed by, and the construction will be administered by, Prein&Newhof of Muskegon.

We are expecting the following work to begin next week, March 15, 2021:

  • Installation of soil erosion control measures (silt fence)
  • Closure of the parking lot with barricades: Closure signs will be placed:
    • At the north end of First Street.
    • On the north leg of Mears Avenue at the traffic signal at Colby Street.
    • At the west end of the parking lot behind Bell’s Furniture.
  • All pavement in the parking lot will be removed.
  • Work will begin on the new storm drainage system.
  • For safety purposes, the Contractor will be limiting the pedestrian access to allow pedestrians to get to businesses from other parking lots.

 

Work anticipated the week of March 22, 2021:

  • Installation of the new storm drainage system
    • New drainage structures
    • New pipes
  • Continued removal of existing pavement and sidewalk

 

Existing lighting is expected to be disconnected and removed the week of March 29. Please remember that all work is weather dependent.

The Contractor will work with the U.S. Postal Service so that mail gets delivered, and they will work with garbage collectors to ensure refuse is picked up on its normal scheduled day(s). Please contact Dan Sorek if there are any issues with either.