Dargaworks Proposed 60-Foot Building Heads Back to City Commission

“Our project can go forward, as designed, let us complete our design and bring something that is truly beautiful to the city,” says Thom Darga.

Continuing coverage on plans for a new apartment complex in downtown Traverse City.

It still doesn’t comply with zoning ordinances.

Dargaworks Inc. first announced this project last August, calling it the Warehouse Flatts.

The current parking lot on Garland and Union Street would become a four story building, 60-feet tall, under Dargaworks plans.

Zoning ordinances in the warehouse limit height to 45-feet.

The City Planning Commission has looked at the plan three times.

Commissioners haven’t come to an agreement.

Until Tuesday night.

9 and 10’s Megan Atwood and photojournalist John Harrington were at Tuesday night’s meeting and continues our coverage with their decision.

Dargaworks wants to turn a riverfront property into an apartment complex and parking garage, but the city has concerns about the height of the building. 

“I feel that at this time we need to stick with the current zoning and consider building heights in the entire warehouse district in the future,” says Traverse City Planning Commissioner Camille Weatherholt.

When it came down to the vote on allowing the 60 foot tall building, commissioners tied, 4 to 4, meaning it will head back to the city commission.

“We are meeting the needs of a lot of folks who want to live downtown but can’t literally approach the condominium market. We feel that getting it to the city commission is just another step that we have to do and we are up for it,” says Thom Darga, owner of Dargaworks, Inc.

Thom Darga says it’s been tough getting here, but hopes to have the city’s approval in the end.

“Are we committed to moving forward? Absolutely. Are we committed to Traverse City? Absolutely,” Thom Darga says with a smile.

And businesses in the area are showing their support. The Workshop Brewing Company and Bay West Antiques sit on the lots right next door.

“I’d just like to stand up here and express my support as a neighbor. I don’t see how much we are protecting by insisting on the process here for this piece of property, and I think the arguments are compelling that this is a really good project,” says Pete Kirkwood, owner of The Workshop Brewing Company.

Bay West Antiques agrees. Holly Daley and her husband own the shop. She says, “If it doesn’t happen we’ll stay until we can’t stay here any longer but it all everything that is happening to the warehouse district has been a positive and this would just be even more.”