Boardman River Land

124 W Front | Traverse City, MI 49684

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Description

This is one of the largest development sites remaining in downtown Traverse City, one of the countries most beautiful places. Develop your project up to 60' in height to take advantage of some of the best views of West Grand Traverse Bay that Traverse City has to offer. This property is located across the street of the parcel that will be home to the West End Parking Deck. Developers can take advantage of a list of brownfield incentives as well as a $250, 000 incentive from the Traverse City DDA for incorporating underground parking into the project. The property also boasts nearly 300' of frontage on the Boardman River which would allow for a nice boardwalk development river side for cafes, restaurants and other boutique retail. The west property boundary is home to the new pedestrian bridge across the river connecting this piece to the newly re-developed warehouse district, home to shopping, a brewery, restaurants and coffee house.

Directions

Property sits on the north side of W Front St between Pine and Union Streets.

Disclaimer

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Property Listed By

Three West, Llc. 1131 E. Eighth Street Traverse City, MI 49686

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About Boardman River

The Boardman begins in two small branches. The North Branch begins just northeast of the town of Kalkaska and flows primarily in a westerly direction toward Traverse City. The upper reaches are home to some very large brook trout and decent numbers of browns. The South Branch begins just upstream of the mill pond in the town of South Boardman and flows in a mostly westerly direction before joining the North Branch and forming the mainstream near the Supply Road Bridge just southeast of Traverse City. Both streams offer decent fishing through heavy undergrowth.

When most people speak of the Boardman, however, they are talking about the river downstream of “The Forks” near Supply Road. The river here averages one to two feet deep and flows quickly over a mostly gravel bottom. Unlike the Manistee and AuSable Rivers which are dominated by mayfly hatches, the Boardman is primarily a caddis river. Those who do best usually fish traditional soft hackle flies or skating flies to imitate that active caddis. Some mayfly hatches are present including a terrific Gray Drake hatch and in some areas a prolific Hex hatch. Most of the river above the site of the former Brown Bridge Pond is dominated by publicly held lands and access is plentiful. Once the river takes on East Creek, a major tributary, it averages one to three feet in depth with holes to six or eight feet in places. The birthplace of The Adams, one of the most popular dry flies in history and a stopping point for Hemingway in his travels, the Boardman is steeped in history and should be on every angler's list as a stream to visit.

Reconnecting over 160 miles of free-flowing cold water, the Boardman River is lucky to be the recipient of one of the "most comprehensive dam removal and restoration projects in Michigan's history and one of the largest such projects in the Great Lakes basin." Learn more about this phenomenal project here.

About Downtown

Downtown is the heart and soul of Traverse City.  Enjoy Clinch Park and West End Beach with all of the fun in the sun that it brings in the summer on Grand Traverse Bay.  Rent kayaks or SUP's, swim at the public beaches, serve up some beach volleyball at the established courts, ride or run the TART trail along the beach, or enjoy the marina and expansive Open Space.  

Many of the well-known Front Street businesses are in this neighborhood.  Find incredible restaurants and shops, catch a movie at State Theatre or The Bijou by the Bay, or just stroll and explore the historic streets and buildings.   This is where you'll find all of the festivals including Cherry, Film, Comedy, and more!  Boardman River meanders its way to the bay through Downtown Traverse City from Boardman Lake to the south.

History

Just along the border of the Downtown neighborhood is the site of the Traverse City History Center, which is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and presentation of the historical record of Traverse City and the Grand Traverse Region. The History Center of Traverse City will collaborate with and support other historically focused groups and organizations, present educational programs and events. 

In 1847, Captain Boardman of Naperville, Illinois, purchased the land at the mouth of the Boardman River at the head of the west arm of the bay. During that year the captain, his son, and their employees built a dwelling and sawmill near the mouth of the river. In 1851 the Boardmans sold the sawmill to Hannah, Lay & Co (Perry Hannah, Albert Tracy Lay and James Morgan), who improved the mill greatly. The increased investment in the mill attracted additional settlers to the new community.

Landmarks

One special landmark is the beautiful City Opera House, built in 1891 and beautifully renovated with more than $8.5 million in exquisite restoration work. The City Opera House is one of six historically intact Victorian opera houses in Michigan and has hosted everything from plays, concerts and operettas, to gala balls, social functions, community festivals and celebrations. The City Opera House truly is a community-based, community-supported gathering space for Grand Traverse residents and visitors alike.

Built by Henry D. Campbell on park land purchased from the city in 1873, the Park Place Hotel started as the Campbell House Hotel. Five years later, lumber barons J. Perry Hannah and A. Tracy Lay bought and upgraded the property to levels of opulence and service equal to the era's world-class hotels. Appropriately, they re-named it Park Place.

Year Units Sold Total Volume Average Sale High Sale Low Sale
2017 19 $11,160,194 $587,379 $2,409,184 $229,900
2018 15 $8,212,325 $547,488 $1,175,000 $290,000
2019 14 $7,545,806 $538,986 $1,113,805 $195,000