Downtown Kalamazoo Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) Study

The Downtown Kalamazoo Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study was conducted from 2014 to 2018 by MDOT in partnership with the City of Kalamazoo. The PEL process approach to transportation decision-making considers environmental, historical, cultural, and feasibility issues early in the transportation planning process. Public engagement gives the community the opportunity to be part of the process and guide the project team to acceptable decisions. Two public meetings were held. The first public meeting covered the PEL process and approach, the project schedule, and an overview of the study area. The comments received generally supported two-way street functionality, enhanced pedestrian crossing and intersection safety, bike lanes, and traffic calming. The second public meeting reviewed the draft purpose and need for the project.

Based on the priorities of both the City and public, a jurisdictional transfer of streets (shown in Figure 8-1 within the draft document) from MDOT to the City is the final recommendation of this study. Both MDOT and the City were engaged in this partnership and demonstrated the commitment and communication to see the transfer through. A large effort in this coordination was establishing the current condition of turnback streets and the associated costs to repair them. The State Transportation Commission and State Administrative Board approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on December 17 and 18, 2018, respectively. The Kalamazoo City Commission approved the MOU with an 8-1 vote at their meeting on January 7, 2019. The MOU was approved by MDOT on January 14, 2019. 

Draft Purpose and Need Statement

Resources

Kalamazoo PEL Draft Report

Kalamazoo PEL Study Introduction PDF icon
Kalamazoo PEL Map PDF icon
Draft Schedule PDF icon
Public Meeting - April 2016 PDF icon
Public Meeting Comments - April 2016 xls icon
Written Comments - April 2016 PDF icon
News: Open house on April 20 to discuss future improvements in downtown Kalamazoo

Contact
Michele Fedorowicz
Environmental Analysis Unit Supervisor
Bureau of Development
425 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, MI  48933
517-335-4387
FedorowiczM@Michigan.gov