Alleyway to close to car traffic, become pedestrian space this summer

In the next few weeks, the alleyway between 2nd and 3rd Ave in Downtown Alpena will be transformed into a pedestrian-only gathering space.

At its meeting on Monday evening, Alpena City Council approved the closure of the alleyway in certain sections between 2nd and 3rd Ave. to automobile traffic beginning July 1 through November 1, 2022 (weather permitting). The alleyway will be closed:

  • Between 3rd Ave. and the back of Hopside Brewery’s patio
  • Between 2nd Ave. and the length of the Center Building

As part of the plan, the City of Alpena will be resurfacing the length of the alleyway and improving some of the drainage throughout. Resurfacing began today (6/22) and is expected to finish within the week.

Areas closed to automobile traffic shown in yellow.

The City of Alpena will be placing large concrete barriers to block the areas off to automobile traffic. Additionally, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will be placing umbrella tables and benches in the alleyway to encourage its use and flower planters to help beautify the area.

The alleyway will be part of the Social District, which means you’ll be able to grab a drink from a participating establishment (The Black Sheep, The Fresh Palate, HopSide Brewery, JJ’s, Mango’s, Red Brick Tap & Barrel Rusty Petunias Marketplace, or Thunder Bay Winery) and enjoy it in the alleyway. The DDA is also working with the Alpena Street Performers to have live music in the alleyways on Friday evenings, in addition to the areas where they currently perform (Culligan Plaza, Pocket Park, and in the Red Brick Food Truck Court).

Business owners, community leaders, and Alpena residents have discussed revitalizing the alleyway for years, seeing its potential as a unique space in the heart of downtown that could be used for dining, music, and events.

It is so exciting to see the vision come to life this summer!

The mission of the Alpena DDA is to implement positive physical, aesthetic, and economic changes in Downtown Alpena. You can learn more about DDA projects and programs by visiting here.

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