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Rep. Candice Miller tours downtown New Baltimore

by Candice Miller on October 14, 2014

By Katelyn Larese
Associate Editor

Published: Sunday, October 12, 2014

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A few local business owners had a surprise guest this week when U.S. Rep. Candice Miller took a walking tour through downtown New Baltimore.
The congresswoman was in town Oct. 9 to talk with city officials about updates, current happenings and future endeavors. After Miller and a group of officials had a working lunch at Little Camille’s by the Bay on Washington Street, they took a walking tour through the downtown area and stopped at a handful of stores along the way.

“New Baltimore is such a quaint and unique community and it really has been in the last number of years having a revitalization here,” Miller said. “You see the new restaurants and some of the new shops that are opening, the boutiques and, of course, the beautiful, beautiful harbor that they have.

“I just wanted to come and get an update from the mayor, city council and others here of what has been happening and some of the things that they are looking at from a master plan perspective and how they intend to continue to attract new business and grow.”

The group included Miller, New Baltimore Mayor John Dupray, Clerk Marcia Shinska, Treasurer Jeanne Bade, Administrative Assistant Bonnie McInerney-Slater and Phil Kraft, a representative from Miller’s office. Miller made stops in a few of the businesses along Washington Street, including Celtic Sisters Candles and Candies, Willy and Babbish Boutique, Stella Sweets Bakery, Great Lakes Galleries, and Washington Street Wine House.

“These wineries are becoming big – all the way up through the thumb,” Miller said after visiting the store.

“This one is very successful,” Dupray said.

While walking toward Walter and Mary Burke Park, the mayor pointed out a few of the vacant city-owned properties that officials have been thinking about developing. The mayor has said he would like to see the properties become assets that draw people to the city and make it a better place to live.

“We had a downtown property vision session where we asked residents to come and discuss what they thought,” Dupray told Miller. “We’re going to have a work study with council to discuss how we want to proceed, and we’re talking to a couple developers right now.”

One of the properties includes a lot across from Walter and Mary Burke Park on the corner across from the old police station, which is also one of the city-owned properties being discussed. Shinska told Miller that they were looking through old photos of the property and found that it used to feature a “gazebo-type structure” and a rod iron fence around the entire yard. Dupray said they have been discussing the idea of constructing a multi-story building on the lot that would be a mix of residential and business.

 

“That would be good,” Miller said of the idea.

During the tour, the mayor also pointed out a few of the city’s assets and attractions, such as the New Baltimore Farmers Market.

“Every year it gets bigger and better,” he said. “They’re reporting that they’re having 2,000 visitors a day. For a little town like this, that’s quite something.”

“That’s huge,” Miller agreed.

She noted after the tour that her office aims to help the city however it can. She helped the city obtain funding for the boat docks at the park, as well as a marine patrol boat used by the New Baltimore Police Department.

“We’ve been helpful and always want to standby and continue to help them as we can,” she said.

Dupray expressed his appreciation for the congresswoman’s visit to the city.

“It’s a real honor. She’s just done a lot of great things for our city, including helping us get our docks, and that she would take the time to come to a small town like New Baltimore to say hello – it’s great,” he said.

On the same day, Miller also toured the Downriver Community Services facility in New Haven. She recently helped the facility secure a $217,314 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Center Cluster Grant Program. During her visit, she met with staff to discuss their future plans to expand services with the grand funding. The facility provides a range of community-based health and human services that aim to promote physical and mental health.

Miller is expected to tour Magna Exterior Trim Components in China Township on Oct. 14.

 

A few local business owners had a surprise guest this week when U.S. Rep. Candice Miller took a walking tour through downtown New Baltimore.

The congresswoman was in town Oct. 9 to talk with city officials about updates, current happenings and future endeavors. After Miller and a group of officials had a working lunch at Little Camille’s by the Bay on Washington Street, they took a walking tour through the downtown area and stopped at a handful of stores along the way.

“New Baltimore is such a quaint and unique community and it really has been in the last number of years having a revitalization here,” Miller said. “You see the new restaurants and some of the new shops that are opening, the boutiques and, of course, the beautiful, beautiful harbor that they have.

“I just wanted to come and get an update from the mayor, city council and others here of what has been happening and some of the things that they are looking at from a master plan perspective and how they intend to continue to attract new business and grow.”

The group included Miller, New Baltimore Mayor John Dupray, Clerk Marcia Shinska, Treasurer Jeanne Bade, Administrative Assistant Bonnie McInerney-Slater and Phil Kraft, a representative from Miller’s office. Miller made stops in a few of the businesses along Washington Street, including Celtic Sisters Candles and Candies, Willy and Babbish Boutique, Stella Sweets Bakery, Great Lakes Galleries, and Washington Street Wine House.

“These wineries are becoming big – all the way up through the thumb,” Miller said after visiting the store.

“This one is very successful,” Dupray said.

While walking toward Walter and Mary Burke Park, the mayor pointed out a few of the vacant city-owned properties that officials have been thinking about developing. The mayor has said he would like to see the properties become assets that draw people to the city and make it a better place to live.

“We had a downtown property vision session where we asked residents to come and discuss what they thought,” Dupray told Miller. “We’re going to have a work study with council to discuss how we want to proceed, and we’re talking to a couple developers right now.”

One of the properties includes a lot across from Walter and Mary Burke Park on the corner across from the old police station, which is also one of the city-owned properties being discussed. Shinska told Miller that they were looking through old photos of the property and found that it used to feature a “gazebo-type structure” and a rod iron fence around the entire yard. Dupray said they have been discussing the idea of constructing a multi-story building on the lot that would be a mix of residential and business.

“That would be good,” Miller said of the idea.

During the tour, the mayor also pointed out a few of the city’s assets and attractions, such as the New Baltimore Farmers Market.

“Every year it gets bigger and better,” he said. “They’re reporting that they’re having 2,000 visitors a day. For a little town like this, that’s quite something.”

“That’s huge,” Miller agreed.

She noted after the tour that her office aims to help the city however it can. She helped the city obtain funding for the boat docks at the park, as well as a marine patrol boat used by the New Baltimore Police Department.

“We’ve been helpful and always want to standby and continue to help them as we can,” she said.

Dupray expressed his appreciation for the congresswoman’s visit to the city.

“It’s a real honor. She’s just done a lot of great things for our city, including helping us get our docks, and that she would take the time to come to a small town like New Baltimore to say hello – it’s great,” he said.

On the same day, Miller also toured the Downriver Community Services facility in New Haven. She recently helped the facility secure a $217,314 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Center Cluster Grant Program. During her visit, she met with staff to discuss their future plans to expand services with the grand funding. The facility provides a range of community-based health and human services that aim to promote physical and mental health.

Miller is expected to tour Magna Exterior Trim Components in China Township on Oct. 14.

 

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