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My Town Alpine Township: Planning commission weighs in on proposed Tim Hortons development changes

My Town Alpine Township: Planning commission weighs in on proposed Tim Hortons development changes

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The developer planning to open a Tim Hortons in Alpine Township is not getting the support of planning commissioners to alter its plans.

Visser Brothers Inc. wants to delay construction on a north/south service drive and a portion of the east/west private road previously called for in the development plans.  During its regular meeting last week, the planning commission recommended keeping the current construction timeline for the project.

Planning Director Sue Becker says the developer must now decide whether to withdraw their request or take it to the regular board.

The development is expected to include 2,489-square-foot Tim Hortons restaurant with a drive through, as well as a 3,510-square-foot Sleep Doctor Mattress Store. 

My Town Alpine Township: Developers seek to alter plan for Tim Hortons development

My Town Alpine Township: Developers seek to alter plan for Tim Hortons development

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The developer planning to open a Tim Hortons in Alpine Township wants to alter its plans for 4235 Alpine Ave.

A public hearing is set for Thursday, July 17 to discuss the modifications Visser Brothers Inc. is asking for.  The company wants to delay a north/south service drive and a portion of the east/west private road previously called for in the development plans.  The planning commission previously approved the plan, on the condition that Visser Brothers reached an agreement with nearby businesses about street access, and change the site plan accordingly.

The development is expected to include 2,489-square-foot Tim Hortons restaurant with a drive through, as well as a 3,510-square-foot Sleep Doctor Mattress Store. 

My Town: Feed company looking to expand in Alpine Township

My Town: Feed company looking to expand in Alpine Township

 ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A Wisconsin company is looking to expand in Alpine Township.

Quality Liquid Feeds wants to build a livestock feed manufacturing facility at 5715 Comstock Park Drive.  The family-owned company has been developing and manufacturing liquid feed supplements for animals for more than 30 years.  Quality Liquid Feeds claims to be the largest user of domestic cane molasses.

The township planning commission will review the company’s site plan on Thursday, June 19.  The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

My Town: Comstock Park welcomes Verizon's first 'Smart Store'

My Town: Comstock Park welcomes Verizon's first 'Smart Store'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Verizon’s first Smart Store in West Michigan is opening in Comstock Park.

The store at 4150 Alpine Avenue NW will move into a new space at 3850 Alpine Avenue NW and reopen under a new model on June 13.  The 4,500 square foot showroom is located in a newly built, three-tenant storefront that already houses Firehouse Subs and a Sherwin Williams paint store.

Verizon representatives say the new store will provide a different shopping experience for customers.

“We’re transforming the focus of our stores from selling devices to enabling customers to discover all that wireless technology can do for their mobile lifestyles,” said John Granby, president of Verizon Wireless for Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky. “This new approach allows us to showcase our 4G LTE network and the various ways that wireless technology over our network can help customers do more based on their lifestyle needs, preferences and desires.”

My Town: Construction on an upswing in Plainfield Township

My Town: Construction on an upswing in Plainfield Township

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Hammers and saws are busy once again in Plainfield Township, as home and business construction picks up with the improving economy.

“Plats of land that have been on hold for years are coming back to life this spring,” said Bill Fischer, community development director for Plainfield Township.  “Many of these plats already have the infrastructure built; subdivisions that have roads and utilities, water and sewer.  And now, finally, the builders are feeling confident in the market and moving forward with construction.”

From Jan. 1 through the month of April, construction crews worked on homes and businesses in the township totaling more than $5.5 million in value.  Fischer says the long winter delayed many building permit applications until late April, so that investment only reflected a few weeks of investments.

My Town Comstock Park: Farm market offers up asparagus

My Town Comstock Park: Farm market offers up asparagus

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- The cooler spring weather has slowed strawberries down at Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market, but two other crops are coming in right now.

Asparagus and rhubarb are for sale at the market, located at 3025 6 Mile Road.  The market is open Monday throughFriday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to the business' website, strawberries may finally start coming in around June 20.

 

 

My Town: Public hearing May 15 over company's debated move

My Town: Public hearing May 15 over company's debated move

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The Alpine Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday, May 15 over a company’s debated move from Sparta to Fruit Ridge Avenue.

Crop Production Services is asking for site plan approval to move its business onto five acres at 6201 Fruit Ridge Avenue.  The company wants a special use permit to use the site to manufacture its fertilizers and crop protection products.  The plans include building an office, chemical storage facility and dry storage building as well as containment areas. 

 At least one community member is opposing the move, saying the proposed plans would put huge chemical tanks in the middle of apple orchards and vegetable fields, and the influx of semi trucks will only add to the hazards on a busy country road that already experiences a lot of crashes.

The public hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.