Fremont Meijer Update: Dayton, City Negotiate
By Marianne Boerigter
Meijer, Inc. continues to work toward securing a site in Fremont for a new supercenter. Over the past few months, Meijer representatives have been working with zoning requirements, DEQ regulations, the Newaygo County Road Commission and Drain Commission, as well as the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
As part of this project, the City of Fremont and Dayton Township have been working toward...
...a PA 425 agreement (conditional land use transfer) with the two units of government negotiating the terms and conditions of the agreement. The land being discussed refers to land fronting 48th Street, at the northwest of the corner of Green and 48th Street in Dayton Township.
After several months of negotiation work, the Dayton Township Board met on October 13 and took action on the PA 425 agreement offer proposed by the City of Fremont, an offer of 3 mills for 20 years. The Dayton Township Board countered the offer at 4 mills for 20 years. Fremont City Council will discuss the action made by Dayton Township at their regular City Council meeting on Monday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.
According to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), a conditional land use agreement (PA 425) allows municipalities involved to work together when properties lack infrastructure necessary to support economic development projects. More information regarding PA 425 in Michigan can be found at this link.
If an agreement can be made in terms of the PA 425 amendment, Meijer, Inc. will remain on the Fremont Community Joint Planning Commission’s agenda for their October 25 meeting. At that meeting, the Meijer site plan and special land use applications will be reviewed.
According to the posted Public Hearing Notice, the first permit application is for Meijer, Inc. to operate a retail store in excess of 100,000 square feet. The second permit application is for the operation of a drive-thru service window as part of their pharmacy. The third is operating a seasonal, open-air business (garden center), and the fourth permit application is for the operation of a gas station and convenience store.
The public meeting on October 25 is at 7:00 p.m. at Fremont City Hall.
Meijer’s purchasing the land under review is contingent on all approvals from the City and Townships involved.
Fremont City Hall is located at 101 E. Main St in downtown Fremont.