Public money sought for credit union project
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse Bay Area Credit Union will seek over $2.2 million in taxpayer support to clean up and turn a contaminated gas station site into its new headquarters.
Credit union officials asked the Grand Traverse County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to apply for a $1 million loan from the state to match $1.2 million to be spent on site remediation and protecting the new building's basement from gas infiltration.
The brownfield authority would repay both the state and credit union by capturing property taxes generated by the $7 million redevelopment on the corner of Front and Hope streets.
The authority will review the credit union's application for assistance today when it meets at 8 a.m. in the Governmental Center.
Wexford County traffic crash kills two
CADILLAC — Two people died in a Wexford County traffic crash.
Sandra L. Spencer, 56, and Susan A. Spencer, 22, both of Mesick, died in a two-vehicle crash along M-37 near West 8 Road Monday evening. A girl, 2, was listed in critical condition. All three were in one vehicle.
Mark Freye, 53, of Buckley, was listed in fair condition. He drove a separate vehicle. Wexford County sheriff's officials did not include details of the crash in a statement.
Flu led to Central Lake 2nd-grader's death
TRAVERSE CITY — A Central Lake Elementary School second-grader died of pneumonia caused by influenza, health officials said.
Olivia Hurst, 8, died at Charlevoix Area Hospital on Jan. 20.
The Charlevoix County medical examiner determined the cause of death late last week, said Dan Reynolds, administrative services manager at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.
Hurst had a "bubbly, outgoing and free-spirit personality," family members wrote in an obituary. She is survived by her parents and three siblings.