Discussion of Foundation for Excellence Articles and Bylaws to Continue on August 7

The Kalamazoo City Commission will continue the discussion of proposed  Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation for the Foundation for Excellence during its regularly scheduled August 7 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall. City Commission meetings are also televised on PMN Channel 190 and on the City of Kalamazoo's YouTube Channel.

Draft Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation were introduced to the City Commission during a Work Session on July 24. The original draft documents have been revised based on feedback from the work session and are available below for review. City staff have also prepared information related to issues and concerns that were raised at the work session, which is available with the Meeting Agenda.

Following this additional discussion at the August 7 meeting, it is anticipated that the City Commission will consider the Articles and Bylaws for approval on August 21.

pdf Revised Bylaws, August 4, 2017 (8.11 MB)

pdf Revised Articles of Incorporation, August 4, 2017 (5.27 MB)

City of Kalamazoo to Host Public Meeting on Redevelopment of Former Public Safety Station

The City of Kalamazoo’s Economic Development Department will host a public meeting to discuss ideas for the redevelopment of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority-owned property at 116 West Cedar Street in downtown Kalamazoo. The meeting will be held in the Van Deusen Room of the downtown branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8.

The structure at 116 West Cedar was built in 1957 as the City of Kalamazoo Fire Station No. 1.  It has also been used as the Fire Marshall’s Office and the Kalamazoo Public Safety Training Facility. After the building was decommissioned, ownership was transferred to the City of Kalamazoo Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and it has been used for storage since 2008.

The approximately 0.76-acre property contains the 14,803-square-foot building, parking and landscaped areas.  It is located in a commercial business district in downtown Kalamazoo.

“We want to hear what the community wants,” said Sara Jo Shipley, Redevelopment Project Manager for the City of Kalamazoo. “How can we be creative and take advantage of this building? What type of development would succeed here? What would add to the downtown experience for our city’s residents and visitors?”

The open house-style meeting will focus on building design, streetscape, potential uses, sustainable features, pedestrian facilities, and public art. Community members are encouraged to share ideas and are welcome to “drop-in” at any time during the open house.

The property was added to the City’s Brownfield Plan in 2004 to create development incentives once the property is made available for private acquisition. Economic Development staff will convey the types of uses and design features requested by our community to potential developers in a request for proposals for the property. 

Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan Available for Comment

City of Kalamazoo planning staff have released a draft of the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan for public review and comment.

The plan is the culmination of 16 months of extensive community engagement that included every neighborhood in the City. Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 hosted open houses and meetings, attended community picnics, conducted online surveys, and participated in Art Hops and other events to speak with community members about their vision for Kalamazoo’s future. Throughout the process more than 3,500 voices were heard.

Community members are invited to review the document and offer their comments and feedback to City Planning staff for review. Comments can be offered online via Open Town Hall or by emailing Kalamazoo City Planner Christina Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The comment period is open through Friday, September 15.

City staff will be hosting an open house at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts on Tuesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. to review and discuss the draft Master Plan with community members. Additional details about this open house will be announced when they become available.

“We are excited to finally be able to share the results of Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 and look forward to hearing what people think,” said Rebekah Kik, Director of Community Planning & Development for the City of Kalamazoo. “But we’re even more excited to start working to achieve the goals laid out in the plan.”

After review and consideration of feedback received during the public comment period, the draft Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan will be presented for approval. The plan will need approval first by the Planning Commission and if adopted, final approval by the City Commission. City staff anticipate the plan will be presented in October.

City staff would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 process. Without an engaged community that is committed to a brighter future in our city, this collaborative effort would not have been possible.

folder Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan Documents

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