It’s this beauty — along with the natural views of the Grand River channel, pier and Lake Michigan — that some residents are concerned with losing if a new restroom facility is built along the boardwalk, near the state park.
We all can agree that this bathroom facility is needed. If one goes into the current bathroom near the pier (known by many as the “minnow shack”), they will experience the dilapidated the conditions firsthand.
With the massive number of people who use the boardwalk daily, there needs to be adequate and updated restroom facilities.
While the bathroom is needed, we can also see that the residents living along Harbor Drive have a point: They didn’t spend their heard-earned money to purchase a pristine view only to have it obscured by a bathroom.
We would urge the city to work with residents living along Harbor Drive every step of the way, gathering their input and considerations.
And while it’s good the city says efforts will be made to obscure the facility and make it unobtrusive, more should be done to consider an alternative location. That’s even if it might be more cost-effective, as city officials have suggested, to build it in a new location.
One place that should be strongly considered is the location of the current “minnow shack” restrooms. Razing and building a more modern, updated facility in the same spot seems to make sense.
We all know updated facilities are needed for our big attraction, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of permanently angering or upsetting homeowners.
Let’s see if we can all work together to find a positive solution to this situation.
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