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March 5, 2014

BIZ in Brief: 03/05/2014

Garfield considers development project

TRAVERSE CITY — A new senior residential development is proposed for Garfield Township near Zimmerman and North Long Lake roads.

Garfield Township Supervisor Chuck Korn said the proposal by developer OTTC calls for 60 homes and at least 10 apartment buildings with 120 apartments for senior citizens. A gas station also would be a part of the project.

An application recently was submitted to the township planning commission that sought zoning approval for the project.

Korn said the planning commission expressed some concerns about the proposal, given its high density in a largely rural area. The project is scheduled for a 50-acre-plus parcel currently zoned agricultural.

Korn said the planning commission will spend more time addressing the proposal in the coming weeks.

Magna planning expansion

BENZONIA — A corporation that owns a production plant in Benzie County has plans for expansion.

Magna Exteriors and Interiors USA, Inc. does business as Magna Interior Trim Components and is a subsidiary of Magna International. The company produces automotive interior components at facilities in St. Clair and Benzie counties.

A press release from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation states Magna Interior Trim acquired two new contracts to supply door trim molded parts and sub components to purchasers, prompting the company to plan expansions in both of its locations. The expansions involve investments of $3.6 million and could create up to 274 jobs.

The project was awarded an $822,000 Michigan Business Development program grant, and Benzonia Township officials offered property tax abatements to help facilitate the expansion.

Dealership helps employee

TRAVERSE CITY — A local car dealership group is holding a pancake breakfast to benefit an employee’s fight against cancer.

The Bill Marsh dealership will hold the Pancakes for Cindi benefit breakfast Friday from 7 to 10:30 a.m. just to the south of the Bill Marsh Chrysler service department on Garfield Road. All proceeds will go to help Cindi Smith with her battle against cancer.

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