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Welcome to Exit 1, the true Gateway of Michigan – an all-season stop and destination offering arts and culture, food and drink, and natural beauty.

The Gateway of Michigan

The Exit 1 Corridor is a prime stretch of highway intersecting Interstate 94 in New Buffalo Township and extending through the City of New Buffalo on the shoreline of Lake Michigan to the Indiana State Line with over 44,000 motorists passing by daily in Harbor Country.

The corridor has excellent proximity to Red Arrow Highway, Lake Michigan, and Four Winds Casino just to name a few area attractions. While the corridor encompasses all lands within one-half mile of the road itself, the opportunities for recreation, agribusiness, and more conventional mixed-uses such as restaurants, antique stores, bed-and-breakfasts, and even hotels abound throughout the area.

Corridor History

The Corridor has historically been a functional entrance into the City of New Buffalo, and is arguably one of the more important gateways into the State of Michigan. With many commercially zoned parcels undeveloped or vacant, the Exit 1 Corridor has enormous untapped potential to be transformed into an economic hub which gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the road ahead.

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Development Priorities

New Buffalo Township has prioritized the development of the Corridor to focus on preserving its identity defined by its natural assets, laid back and welcoming lifestyle, and sense of community, while improving access to affordable housing options, expanded pedestrian pathways such as sidewalks and trails, and encouraging the development of more all-age amenities and attracting businesses to focus on year-round activities.

Identity

New Buffalo is defined by its natural assets; a laid-back and welcoming lifestyle; and a strong sense of community.

Natural Assets

The Township would like to preserve and enhance existing natural assets such as Lake Michigan, waterways, dunes, agritourism, open space, recreation, parks, and more.

Housing

New Buffalo Township would like to provide a range of housing options to accommodate all who want to live, work, and play in the community.

Access & Linkage

Improving access by expanding sidewalks, bike paths, and trails with reachable destinations will improve interconnectivity and provide more safe, convenient, and comfortable commutes.

Amenities

Provide more desired activities and uses for all ages. Desired activities include retail, healthcare, arts and culture, recreation, and housing.

Year-Round Activity

The Township will encourage year-round activity and business development opportunities, reducing the burden currently associated with the seasonality of existing business cycles.

Transportation

New Buffalo Township would like to provide more multi-modal transportation options to enhance the lifestyle of the Township and Harbor Country region.

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Enjoy the Pace

The Exit 1 corridor’s charming natural amenities include Lake MichiganGalien River County ParkGlassman ParkChikaming Open Lands natural areas, Indiana Dunes National ParkWarren Dunes State Park, and many bike routes and nature trails.

Many other Harbor Country and New Buffalo Township area attractions include dining and drinking establishments, golf courses, events, as well as the Four Winds Casino.

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