North Street to Close between Gull Road and Harrison Street Starting Monday, July 31

North Street will be closed between Gull Road and Harrison Street beginning Monday, July 31 as construction continues on the Harrison Street/Gull Road Roundabout Project. This closure will be in addition to current closures which include:

  • Ransom Street from Walbridge Street to Harrison Street
  • Harrison Street from Willard Street to North Street
  • Gull Street from Harrison Street to North Street

These road closures will be in effect through the completion of the project, which remains on schedule to be finished in mid-November. Access to businesses will be maintained via Harrison Street from the south and by temporary access to Harrison Street via Willard Street. Signage has been installed to help direct customers during construction.

A posted detour will direct traffic around construction along M-43/Riverview Avenue and north on Pitcher Street to North Street. Motorists are advised to plan accordingly when traveling in this area as they may experience delays during peak traffic times. 

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National Night Out Against Crime to be held Tuesday, August 1

On Tuesday, August 1st, citizens throughout Kalamazoo are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for National Night Out 2017: America’s Night Out Against Crime.  

This year celebrates the 34th Annual National Night Out event. On this occasion, residents in neighborhoods throughout Kalamazoo and across the nation are asked to promote police-community partnerships; crime, drug, and violence prevention; safety; and neighborhood unity.  Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, and youth activities.

Events in the City of Kalamazoo will be hosted by the following neighborhoods:

EASTSIDE - Neighborhood Association, Rockwell Park 1106 Trimble St from 5-7 PM.

EDISON - Neighborhood Association, 816 Washington from 5:30-6:30 PM.

NORTHSIDE - Neighborhood Association 612 N. Park from 6-8 PM.

VINE - Neighborhood Association, Vine St. at Locust from 5:30-7:30 PM.

MILWOOD - Neighborhood Association Greenwood Reformed Church, 1815 Winton from 6-8 PM. 

PARKVIEW HILLS - Parkview Hills Club House; 3307 Green Leaf Blvd from 7-9 PM.

STUART- Neighborhood Association Elm St. Park (Westmain/Elm) St from 6-8 PM.

ARCADIA -Neighborhood Association @ Arcadia Elementary 932 Boswell Ln 6-8 PM

Americana Estates -  1802 Tray Lane (near playground) 6:00PM- 8:00PM

National Night Out is an enjoyable way to promote neighborhood spirit. On August 1st, 2017, we invite citizens to celebrate with us and their fellow neighbors.

Kalamazoo City Commission to Review Foundation for Excellence Details at July 24 Work Session

On Monday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. the Kalamazoo City Commission will convene for a work session focused on the Foundation for Excellence. The work session will be held in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall and will be televised live on Public Media Network Channel 187 and streamed on the City of Kalamazoo’s YouTube Channel.

The specific focus of the meeting will be the proposed bylaws and articles of incorporation for the new Foundation for Excellence. Since the FFE was approved in October 2016, City staff have explored best practices and worked with community partners and donors to draft the legal structure and rules of the Foundation. They will be presented to the City Commission for review and discussion and could be presented for approval as early as the August 7 meeting.

The documents spell out the details of how the FFE will operate, such as how the Board of Directors and Officers are selected, how meetings are scheduled and conducted, how projects are ultimately chosen for funding and the relationship between the FFE and the City Commission.

“We did our homework before preparing these documents and have consulted with our community partners, the Michigan Council of Foundations and reviewed other foundations across the country with similar missions,” explained City Manager Jim Ritsema. “The structure and bylaws we will present will set the FFE up for long-term success and provide funding to make our aspirations a reality.”

The proposed bylaws and articles of incorporation are available pdf here (3.07 MB) .

In addition to $70.3 million to fund a three-year transition period through 2019, the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the lead donors included a commitment to assist in a fundraising effort to raise the approximately $500 million needed to fully endow the Foundation and sustain its work in perpetuity. After the documents are approved, this fundraising effort will begin and the Foundation’s Board of Directors will be selected.

Several Kalamazoo residents have already shown their support for the Foundation’s work by electing to donate a portion of their 2017 property tax savings back to the FFE.

“We are continuing to see strong support for the Foundation for Excellence and for the important investments that it will enable in our city,” said Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell. “With each step in the progress we are getting closer and closer to ensuring this will continue for generations to come, making our city a better place and helping all in our community to realize their potential.”

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