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November 13, 2013

Dispute halts IMAX proposal

TRAVERSE CITY — A development proposal that called for an IMAX theater off U.S. 31 was halted Tuesday when owners of the property told township officials the plan was not authorized.

A redevelopment proposal for the Traverse City Outlets was submitted Nov. 5 to Garfield Township by local developer Jerry Snowden, but the owners of the property say the proposal should be withdrawn immediately because Snowden didn’t have the authority to submit it.

The development dispute centers around the shopping center at 3811 Marketplace Circle, which houses the Horizon Cinemas and several other retail businesses. The complex, previously known as Horizon Outlet Mall, has multiple vacant retail spots and has long been rumored to be a potential spot for new development proposals within the township.

Township Supervisor Chuck Korn said Snowden filed a proposal Nov. 5 with the township asking for a conceptual review of a new 59,000 square-foot building at the site. Korn said the application does not specify what the new business would be.

“It appears to be a new building,” Korn said of Snowden’s proposal. “It doesn’t state on the application, but I was under the impression it was going to be an IMAX theater.

“He (Snowden) dropped off the application but never paid the $100 fee for conceptual review so it’s not going to appear on the agenda of (tonight’s planning) meeting,” Korn said.

On Tuesday morning, Korn received a letter sent to his office from an entity identified as TC Center Partners, LLC that essentially said Snowden had no right to file the proposal and that it should be withdrawn immediately.

“TC Center Partners, LLC wanted to advise that they are the sole owner of the property and Jerry Snowden is no longer an agent of the property,” Korn said. “The application for a conceptual review for a new theater should be withdrawn and that it was done without the owner’s permission.”

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