Traverse City Record-Eagle

Meijer-Acme Township Dispute

September 3, 2009

Meijer applies to develop Acme store

ACME -- Meijer Inc. is taking another stab at building in Acme Township, five years after the Grand Rapids retailer and a development partner waged a zoning battle with local officials. Meijer this week submitted an updated development application to the township for a superstore along M-72 on property owned by The Village at Grand Traverse, its partner in a bitter fight with Acme officials.

Meijer's plan includes a general merchandise and grocery store with a garden center, but not a gas station and convenience store. Meijer would be the initial occupant on The Village's property, and consume about 21 acres on the 181-acre site.

Acme Supervisor Wayne Kladder believes The Village, with Meijer as an anchor, could help inject new life into the township.

"If it's done well, and done how the master plan calls for, we will have a great community center down here ... we think when we have this great place, people will come," Kladder said.

Meijer officials did not return calls for comment on Wednesday.

Acme Township Manager Sharon Vreeland said representatives from The Village approached Acme officials "about a month ago" and asked how to jump-start the project.

Township officials asked for updated traffic and market studies as part of the reapplication. Officials are reviewing the documentation, and the township planning commission is expected to decide whether to restart its review process at its Sept. 28 meeting, Vreeland said.

"We're in the process of checking whether everything on our check list has been provided," she said.

Zoning dispute prompts lawsuits

The Village's plans initially called for more than 800,000-square feet of commercial space with two major anchor stores, including Meijer. Other retail shops, restaurants and theaters were planned, along with up to 410 housing units, a five-story, 250-room hotel and government office center.

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