Charlevoix

Community Profile
Spotlight on: Charlevoix
An Idyllic Escape

Charlevoix City area is a hub of summertime activity. The walkable downtown is an idyllic respite for boaters and city-dwellers alike to stroll among the small shops and restaurants while remaining within view of one of the three bodies of water in and around the city. The Pavilion in East Park makes an easy venue for outdoor concerts and community events, surrounded by award-winning green space. Art and history-lovers come from across the region to view the architectural footprint of Earl Young, with his uniquely designed Mushroom Houses and Earl Hotel, among others.

Charlevoix City Area is in the northwest corner of Charlevoix County, bridging the connection between Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. The city area includes Charlevoix Township, Charlevoix City, Hayes Township, Marion Township, and Norwood Township.

Why Charlevoix?

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The Charlevoix City area is a bustling community of over 8,000 residents, including a sizable number of retirees that the area home. For younger individuals and families, the Charlevoix City area offers all of the same amenities as nearby Traverse City but with a slower-paced lifestyle. Home ownership is high at 76%, and much of the area’s housing is seasonal, because of its strong tourism and hospitality culture that roots back to the Victorian era. Close to a majority of the area’s housing units were built in the past 40 years. *Evaluating Redevelopment Ready Community status.

The community is highly educated, and approximately a third of the workers that are living in the Charlevoix City area also work there. The majority of jobs in Charlevoix County are concentrated in Manufacturing, Accommodation & Food Services, Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, and Construction. Major employers include Charlevoix Hospital, the St. Mary Cement Plant, and the many hotels and restaurants in the city. A quarter of jobs are in the manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing presence in the city area is strong, with a number of manufacturers and an industrial park nearby, and a cement producer that takes advantage of the waterfront shipping options.  

The Charlevoix City area offers a fantastic mix of recreational, cultural, and community opportunities. Live music and festivals take place at the Pavilion in East Park. History and art lovers enjoy surveying the architectural delights of the Mushroom Houses, designed by iconic designer Earl Young. Charlevoix City sits at the nexus of three lakes, and water activities abound with boating, swimming, fishing, and mixed touring available to all visitors.

 

 


 
The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA): Serving Antrim County & Charlevoix County
The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA), established in 1984, is a public/private non-profit organization serving Antrim, Charlevoix, and Cheboygan Counties in Northern Michigan. The NLEA works directly with local units of government on infrastructure projects, facilitates local company growth and expansion, and assists many local companies on a wide range of issues that help retain existing jobs and create new jobs.
 

Investment Opportunities

An 871 square foot commercial building available for development. Public transportation accessible, near Downtown Charlevoix and the development project Hotel Earl.
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A second floor development would be perfect above this legendary gourmet restaurant in the center of town.
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A second story housing development would enable residents to live above the existing fitness center, while having a short walk to the water and Downtown Charlevoix.
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Housing
$32,400
Median Household Income in Charlevoix City
$53,200
Median Household Income in Charlevoix County
3,764
Households
5,697
Housing Units
76.1%
Homeownership Rate
30.3%
Seasonal Housing
$166,200
Median Home Value in Charlevoix City
$598
Median Monthly Rent in Charlevoix City
Employment
4,099
Labor Force
10,754
Total Jobs
35.6%
Percentage of Workers Who Live In & Are Employed In Charlevoix City
72%
Percentage of Jobs in Manufacturing, Accommodation & Food Services
Education
3
Schools in Charlevoix (Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts, Charlevoix Middle High School, Charlevoix Elementary School)
91.7%
4-Year Graduation Rate from Charlevoix Public Schools
Population
-5.6%
Population Change from 2010–2018 in Charlevoix City
36%
% (#) of Population 25+ with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher in Charlevoix City
31%
% (#) of Adults in Charlevoix County with Bachelor's Degree or Higher
50%
Percentage of Population in Charlevoix County Ages 25–64

Economic Development

Recent Private Investments

Hotel Earl
Space developed: 39,000 sqft
This 40-room motel has been in operation since 1959. Major renovations to the hotel include the addition of a third story, adding 17 additional guest rooms for a total of 56 guest rooms & suites. Other changes include: New windows, doors, restored balconies, enclosing the exterior corridors, a new elevator, new ADA compliant stairways, and state-of-the-art luxury accommodations. New features will include a new swimming pool, high-tech 12-seat boardroom, and 1,500-square-foot presidential/bridal suite. The hotel’s downtown location (120 Michigan Avenue) is set back one block from the water, offering lake views. CAPEX: 5,000,000 Jobs Created: 22 Jobs Retained: 0
Margot
Space developed (acreage or sqft): 4100 sq ft
Margot is both a charming shop and relaxed accommodations in the idyllic Charlevoix, Michigan. CAPEX: 200,000 New Jobs Created: 2 Jobs Retained: 0
Harbor View Cafe
Space developed (acreage or sqft): 1700 sq ft
The Harbor View Café is a bustling breakfast and lunch restaurant located in the heart of downtown Charlevoix. CAPEX: 100,000 New Jobs Created: 5 Jobs Retained: 2

Planned Public Works Projects

Public Works Facility
Cost: $11 million
A new facility will combine the public works and electric departments into one building. The building will be much more efficient with heating and cooling, and will serve as combined office locations, and protect the city's valuable maintenance equipment. It is about halfway done and should be finished around April of 2021.
Palmer Parking Lot Upgrade
Cost: $270,000
Upgrading stormwater and runoff, creating a rain garden, paving, and creating ADA compliant spots to upgrade a gravel lot in the business district.
Downtown Water Line Upgrade
Cost: $500,000
Planned upgrade to the main water line that serves downtown businesses. Timed to be completed before the state upgrades the highway 6-8 years from now.
Education
$32,400
Median Household Income in Charlevoix City
3
Schools in Charlevoix (Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts, Charlevoix Middle High School, Charlevoix Elementary School)
91.7%
4-Year Graduation Rate from Charlevoix Public Schools
Employment
4,099
Labor Force
10,754
Total Jobs
35.6%
Percentage of Workers Who Live In & Are Employed In Charlevoix City
72%
Percentage of Jobs in Manufacturing, Accommodation & Food Services
Housing
5,697
Housing Units
76.1%
Homeownership Rate
30.3%
Seasonal Housing
$166,200
Median Home Value in Charlevoix City
$598
Median Monthly Rent in Charlevoix City

Infrastructure

Electric Provider:  

City of Charlevoix Electric System
231-547-3273

 

Water Provider: 

Charlevoix Township Water
231-547-2121

 

Natural Gas Provider:

DTE Energy
Business service: 1-855-383-4249

 

Broadband/Fiber Providers:

Frontier
Business service: 1-877-337-0145

 

Viasat
Business Service: 1-866-463-8862

 

HughesNet
Business Service: 888-652-3603

Community Resources

Featured Talent Resource

North Central Michigan College serves northern Michigan, including Petoskey, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs, Boyne City, Cheboygan & Gaylord areas. NCMC offers CAM and CNC courses to students interested in building their careers in the high-demand manufacturing industries—and learning cutting edge technology skills required in modern manufacturing, like computer-aided manufacturing and automated control of machining tools.

Economic Development Ecosystem Map

This map shows some of the many organizations in this county providing economic development related services, such as workforce training, development finance, or technical advising for businesses. Use the dropdown in the upper left hand corner to filter by People, Investment, and Place.   

“People” covers organizations that focus on early childhood care, workforce training, equity and diversity, and talent recruitment and retention.  

“Investment” includes organizations that focus on industry cluster support, small business investment and technical assistance, innovation and technology development, and real estate and commercial development.  

“Place”-focused organizations include tourism, arts and culture, and recreation organizations, planning and development entities, infrastructure and utility providers, and housing organizations.

Contact

Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce
Jonathan Scheel, Planning and Zoning
planner@charlevoixmi.gov
 

Charlevoix City DDA
Lindsey Dotson, Main Street DDA Director
lindseyd@charlevoixmi.gov