ACME — Janet and Andy Andres live in a rambling house built by Andy’s dad on land that abuts the property of a future Meijer store.
They missed Tuesday's groundbreaking held at the future entrance of the Grand Traverse Town Center, but applaud the news.
“It’s taken 10 years,” Janet said. “At least now it’s going to go in. It will bring more stuff out here, more business.”
Meijer, targeted to open in August 2015, will serve as an anchor store for the Grand Traverse Town Center, said Acme Township Supervisor Jay Zollinger.
The 196,000-square-foot building, 16 percent smaller than the 2004 proposal, will feature a modern design with flat roofs, a garden center, and drive-through pharmacy, Zollinger said.
A new roundabout will go up at Lautner Road and M-72. A second entrance into Meijer is planned off Lautner Road.
Phase one also includes Meijer, the development’s “Main Street” located about a mile west of Meijer, landscaping, sidewalks, and infrastructure for sewer and water, Zollinger said.
Janet and Andy Andres said added noise and traffic will make it impossible to stay in their home, built by Andy's grandpa in 1905. But they’d like to move to a smaller home anyway.
“I’m ready for a change,” said Andy, 81.
Dennis Ritter, who lives on Lautner Road, said he "can't wait" for the new store. He's not worried about heavier traffic and the new store will spare him trips to Traverse City.
The long-term conceptual plan for the 182-acre site is an ambitious one, complete with a lifestyle center, a high-end, walkable outdoor mall, with an “esplanade,” a two-acre plaza with a fountain and seating. The plan also includes stores, a TART trail, bike lanes on the internal roads, restaurants, housing, hotel, a tunnel across M-72 for bikes, and land set aside for civic uses such as a library or fire department, Zollinger said.