Fremont Meijer Update
Joint Planning Commission OK’s Zoning Change
By Marianne Boerigter
On Wednesday, June 22, the Fremont Community Joint Planning Commission met to consider rezoning parcels west of downtown Fremont as requested by Meijer, Inc. The parcels are described as approximately 40 acres at the northwest corner of Green and 48th Street, in Dayton Township.
Meijer, Inc. is a regional store chain with its corporate headquarters in Walker. Founded in 1934 as a supermarket chain, Meijer is credited with pioneering the modern supercenter concept and...
... currently operates 224 stores in Michigan and surrounding states.
The request by Meijer was to consider a rezoning of the area from a C-3 Rural Commercial District to a C-2 Urban Commercial District. The Meijer representatives, a real estate manager for Meijer and a consultant from FTC&H professional consulting firm, provided a short overview of the potential site for a future Meijer Super Center, including a garden center and gas station with 10 pumps. At the property site being discussed, the C-3 zoning would already allow smaller businesses to utilize this land, but the zoning of C-2 would be necessary because of the size and scope of their potential project.
Public comment revealed a mix of positive and negative comments about a potential Meijer coming into the town of Fremont. Questions and concerns regarding traffic, wetland displacement and the impact on other businesses were brought up. With most concerns not specific to the zoning change request at hand, the Commission Chair closed public comment and the request was put to vote.
The request to rezone from C-3 Rural Commercial to C-2 Urban Commercial was approved by a majority vote. It was noted the Fremont Community Joint Planning Commission recommendation for the approval of this zoning change will now go to the Dayton Township Board, Fremont City Council, and Sheridan Charter Board for consideration. All three entities will need to approve for the zoning change to occur.
If Meijer continues to pursue the project, a 425 agreement for utility sharing will be requested of the City of Fremont and Dayton Township, with the two units of government negotiating the terms and conditions of the plan.
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