2017-07-13 / News

Tonight!

This is your last chance to put in your 2-cents about the old Sunoco property
BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com

SWARTZ CREEK – If you have an opinion about the future of the old Sunoco property, speak up now.

When the Downtown Development Authority meets at 6 p.m. tonight at city hall, they will give the public one more opportunity to speak up about what the city should do with the site at Miller Road and Holland Drive.

The DDA, which is heading up redevelopment planning for the city, has hosted several public forums since the city purchased the land in a county tax sale in 2015.

Much of the previous discussion has focused on some type of hybrid use as a parking lot and community commons.

City leaders had considered selling the land to a private developer. In that case, their vision included commercial development, possibly with apartments upstairs.

However, there are deed restrictions that prohibit any residential use.

The restrictions are part of the cleanup agreement with ExxonMobil, which was on site removing contaminated soil last month.

City officials also have discussed turning the property into a park.

As of this time, no decisions have been made, although a sign intended to generate talk around town and public interest in planning caused some confusion.

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