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My Town: Crews gut shuttered Alpine Avenue restaurant

My Town: Crews gut shuttered Alpine Avenue restaurant

WALKER, Mich.—A building on Alpine Avenue that’s been home to numerous restaurants will no longer be serving up meals.

Construction crews this week are gutting the former Wild Chef Restaurant at 3303 Alpine Ave.  The site was previously home to a Bennigan’s restaurant.

Walker building official Tim Musser says the building will be split into two businesses—a Mattress Firm on the south side and The Vitamin Shoppe on the north side. 

At least two other mattress stores have opened or are planned for Alpine Avenue; Art Van opened its Pure Sleep shop in the former Hallmark storefront at 3450 Alpine Ave. NW late last year and plans are in place to open a Sleep Doctor Mattress store at 4235 Alpine Ave., in Alpine Township.

Musser says developers have already obtained all the necessary permits to convert the former Wild Chef restaurant, which abruptly closed Sunday, June 1.  It’s unclear when the new businesses will open to the public.

My Town: Alpine Township business looks to expand

My Town: Alpine Township business looks to expand

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  An Alpine Township business is looking to expand.

Michigan Natural Storage is a frozen food warehouse and distributor for wholesalers. The company is requesting the approval of planning commissioners to build a 96,000 square-foot addition on its existing facility at 5899 Comstock Park Drive. Alpine Township Planning Director Sue Becker says the plans call for 7,000 square feet for truck loading; 75,000 square feet for freezing and storage; and 12,000 square feet for offices.  The company is also in the process of purchasing a 2.5 acre property adjacent to the building for expansion.

The planning commission will review Michigan Natural Storage’s site plan during its regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

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.”