The Plaza is one part of a series of improvements recommended by Cadillac’s PlacePlan. In 2014, the City of Cadillac applied for MIplace Partnership help from the Michigan Municipal League (MML). They wanted to make the downtown’s Heritage Plaza a more inviting and exciting place for visitors and residents, while reflecting Cadillac’s true character. The PlacePlan took community input, design ideas, and a study of the area’s assets to make a customized plan for downtown Cadillac.
A new splash pad, outdoor fireplace, and an attractive metal arch add an inviting touch to the new Plaza gathering space in the heart of downtown Cadillac. The entire lakefront, including the Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion, City Park, The Plaza, Trailhead, and the future Market make up Cadillac Commons.
The City of Cadillac hired Prein&Newhof to design The Plaza at Cadillac Commons, including specifications, construction testing and observation. As overhead utilities like electricity are vital to downtown spaces, but often unsightly, P&N worked with Cadillac to coordinate utility burial in an adjacent alley. P&N’s landscape architect and structural engineer designed the planting plan, dumpster enclosures, and an archway for the plaza. The design configured the splash pad with the outdoor fireplace and coordinated other details for the pedestrian plaza and parking lot like lighting, signage, pavement markings, ADA ramps, and stormwater management.