Traverse City Record-Eagle

Meijer-Acme Township Dispute

June 15, 2011

Revised plans submitted for Acme Meijer

Developers want township officials to approve attempt

TRAVERSE CITY — Oft-stalled plans for a Meijer store in Acme Township will move again, but there's little chance construction will begin this year.

Developers for the Village at Grand Traverse LLC want township officials to approve their third attempt at a site plan for a 220,000-square-foot store on M-72 and Lautner Road. The project languished for five years over lawsuits and an unsuccessful recall effort that involved illegal campaign activity by Meijer.

Developers revived the project in September 2009 but have yet to get beyond the township staff review stage.

"It's a complicated thing; you wouldn't think it would be, but it's a 200-acre site with a Meijer store and traffic issues," said Steve Schooler, project manager for project partner Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Inc. of Cincinnati. "We're trying to get everybody's support for it and it just takes some time."

The Village won't begin construction drawings until it obtains site plan approval, making a 2011 building start highly doubtful, Schooler said.

The new site plans are designed to make the Meijer store more attractive by using a combination brick and flagstone facade with architectural details to break up its boxy look. More landscaping was added and the revised plans address lighting and traffic concerns, including an option to install a traffic circle at the intersection of M-72 and Lautner Road.

A letter from project engineer Terry Boyd of Gourdie-Fraser Inc. also explained the developer's rationale for holding off on certain proposed changes, including sidewalk connections and biologically treating storm water. Those matters would be addressed in the next phases of the overall project.

Beyond the Meijer store, the Village's future development calls for an additional 775,000 square feet of retail space and up to 800 housing units and a hotel.

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