The City of Michigan City and Hitchcock Design Group are very proud to announce that the Lake Michigan Gateway Implementation Strategy (LMGIS) has received a Merit Award in the Planning Category from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The award will be presented on Friday, April 17th at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago, Illinois.
The Lake Michigan Gateway Implementation Strategy is a 3-5 year action agenda which identifies public improvement projects that will attract additional private investment to Michigan City. The strategy identifies a set of priority projects for the next two years totaling 23 Million Dollars including capital improvements, infrastructure upgrades, and substantial aesthetic enhancements the to the downtown and lakefront areas. The Michigan City team comprised of the City Administration and staff, Planning Department, Redevelopment Commission, and representatives from several neighborhood groups and community agencies and organizations worked diligently with the consulting team led by Hitchcock Design Group through a 14-month process that produced this guiding document for Michigan City.
This is the second award the City of Michigan City has received for the LMGIS. On March 27th, at Ball State University, the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association will present representatives from the city with a 2015 Hoosier Planning Award in the category of outstanding plan. The LMGIS was chosen from 7 other community planning documents and received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Plan which is among the highest planning awards in the State of Indiana.