2017-06-15 / News

Last chance to speak up

City to hear input on future of gas station site
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SWARTZ CREEK – With excavation beginning this week at the former Sunoco gas station, city officials are eager to move ahead with plans to repurpose the site.

An information workshop will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at city hall. The workshop is an opportunity for city officials to receive input on what to do with the property and what design elements to employ to reflect the city’s image.

Owners of adjacent businesses will be asked to participate in the discussions, with the hope that they will consider streetscaping their properties in a manner that will continue the aesthetic beyond the southwest corner of Miller Road and Holland Drive.

Community forums regarding the property have previously taken place, but members of the Downtown Development Authority opted to have one more get-together to see if the current trajectory is still what the community wants.

During prior workshops, the familiar refrain that emerged was the need for more parking.

“… some sort of hybrid parking/ plaza area definitely appears to have the support of the adjacent businesses and the general public,” City Manager Adam Zettel wrote to members of the DDA, the board that is heading up improvements in the city’s central business district.

ExxonMobil excavation crews were scheduled to begin work June 29. When another job in Michigan had to be pushed back, however, they moved the Swartz Creek project to the head of the line.

Mayor David Krueger said he hopes the complete renovation can be done before Hometown Days 2018.

The city purchased the ramshackle gas station in a tax sale in 2015. The building was razed and above-ground tanks were removed last year.

Current work involves removing and replacing contaminated soil. City officials have said the contamination does not pose a threat to the health or safety of the public.

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