City of Marquette Invites Community to Attend First Open House of Master Plan Project

The City of Marquette invites all people who live, work, learn, and play in Marquette to attend a community open house on February 15, 2023 from 4- 7 p.m. at the NMU Northern Event and Center Services located at 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.

This is the first open house held for the master plan project and builds on the recently completed community online survey which garnered over 3,600 responses. The open house will include a summary of these responses, along with a series of activities for attendees to participate in, that will dive deeper into topics like development, transportation, and neighborhood quality of life in Marquette. Refreshments and coloring activities for kids will be provided.

Open house attendees are welcome to arrive anytime between 4-7 p.m. on February 15 and may choose to spend as little or as much time at the event as they wish, interacting with each station at their own pace.

The project team is also providing an online survey shortly after the event, with similar content as provided at the open house, to reach folks who cannot attend in-person. Some activities might not translate perfectly from event to online survey, so folks are encouraged to drop by the open house if their schedule allows.

City staff, members of the master plan steering team, and members of the consultant team will be on hand at the open house to greet attendees, answer questions, and seek input. “We are excited to build on our incredible survey response and dig deeper into important topics with the community at the open house,” says Dennis Stachewicz, Director of Community Development with the City of Marquette. “Your participation is the most important aspect of this master plan process.”

The community is encouraged to sign up for project updates (including personal invitations to events like this open house) at the project website at

Marquette City Manager Community Office Hours

Marquette City Manager Karen Kovacs will hold her next community office hours on Wednesday, February 8 from 10 a.m. to noon in the main floor conference room of the Peter White Public Library.  The meeting is intended to provide an informal opportunity to discuss issues within the community, and to give citizens the opportunity for direct dialogue with City staff about interests and concerns.

Opening Reception for PWPL and DEO Galleries

On Thursday, February 9, 6-8 p.m. the Peter White Public Library and the City of Marquette Office of Arts and Culture will be hosting the opening receptions for the three art galleries within the walls of PWPL. The Deo Gallery is owned by the City of Marquette and is located in the lower level of the PWPL in the City’s Arts & Culture Center; it is sponsored by the Lake Superior Art Association. The Deo Gallery’s exhibit will be up through February 25. PWPL galleries’ exhibits will be up until March 25. Receptions are free and open to the public.


The Deo Gallery (Lower Level):

Lake Superior Art Association, Take Five
LSAA members choose three of five subjects to include in their original artwork of any medium

Huron Mountain Club Gallery (Main floor):

Lake Superior Art Association, Winter Charm

A collection of artworks made by the Marquette community that embodies the spirit of our wintry climate

Lower Level Lobby Gallery (Outside the Deo Gallery):

NMU Photography Students, SEEN/UNSEEN

Northern Michigan University student photography curated by Photo Professor Christine Lenzen

Portion of Grove Street Closed

Grove Street between Forest Park Drive and Homestead Street, will be closed to through traffic for a sewer lateral repair on Tuesday, Jan. 31, beginning at 7:00 a.m. This project is expected to be completed by the end of the day. A detour will be provided.

New Cross-District High School Program - Artists in Excellence

The City of Marquette Office of Arts and Culture announces a new cross-district program that provides unique arts-based extracurricular experiences for students from Negaunee, Marquette, and Ishpeming High Schools. Artist in Excellence (AIE) introduces students to careers in the visual arts and design industry, fosters leadership, partnership, and teaches the value of arts and its contribution to our greater community. AIE is generously funded by the Upper Peninsula Health Plan and matching funds from the Community Foundation of Marquette County's Youth Fund.  

AIE provides a much-needed extra-curricular opportunity for upperclassmen who are currently enrolled in visual art and have demonstrated a high level of commitment to their artistic studies. Students meet experiences that connect with industry professionals and provide a deeper understanding of career paths available locally in arts education, business, marketing, design, public art, placemaking, tech arts and more. In addition, students explore diverse arts and culture offerings, lead a community art project, and become ambassadors for their respective school art programs and City.

AIE is administered by the Office of Arts and Culture, created in partnership with local art teachers: Jake Fether, Alex Trotter, and Kimberly Shefchik. The City Office of Arts and Culture is committed to creating opportunities, develop our youth and retain local talent to ensure Marquette continues to be a distinct and unique place that young people can visualize and create a future in their hometown.

To learn more, visit

Street Closures for Noquemanon Ski Marathon

The following streets will be closed on Saturday, January 28from 3:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon.

  1. Hawley Street, from Presque Isle Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard.
  2. Wright Street, from Presque Isle Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard.
  3. Schneider Mill Court, from River Park Circle to end of Schneider Mill Court.
  4. Powder Mill Road, from Wright Street to end of Powder Mill Road.

The detour route to access Lakeshore Boulevard from Hawley Street and Wright Street will be Presque Isle Avenue south to Fair Avenue, then Fair Avenue east to Lakeshore Boulevard.

Art Week Planning and Brainstorming Sessions Scheduled

The Office of Arts & Culture will be hosting two Art Week Planning and Brainstorming Sessions on Wednesday, January 25 from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for anyone interested in workshopping ideas for projects, seeking resources and collaboration, or simply learning more about Art Week and the Community Master Plan Update. These sessions will be held at the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Center located in the lower level of Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St.

Full information about this year’s Art Week, including guidelines and a link to the proposal form, are available through the Marquette Compass Art Week homepage,

For more information contact the Office of Arts & Culture, or 906-228-0472.

Portion of Lakeshore Blvd Closed

Lakeshore Boulevard will be one lane traffic at the Dead River bridge for a water main repair on Wednesday, January 18. A flagman will be provided if needed and motorists are advised to slow down and use caution through this area. This project will begin at 7 a.m. and is expected to be completed by the end of the day.

MBRA Meeting Canceled for Jan. 19

The regular meeting of the City of Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board has been canceled for January 19, 2023, due to a lack of quorum. The meetings are held at 8:00 a.m. at the Municipal Service Center, 1100 Wright Street, Marquette, MI. 49855 on the third Thursday of each month.  The February meeting is scheduled for February16, 2023.

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