Land Swap Paves Way For Parking, Trail

Land Swap Paves Way For Parking, Trail

By George Brown – Staff Writer
October 9, 2002

A land exchange approved Tuesday by the Jackson City Council will give a downtown firm more room for parking and the city space to develop a walking and biking trail.

Council members voted 5-0 to approve a land exchange between the city and Comtronics that will give the company 166 feet for additional parking on the south side of its building at 315 Water Street.

In return, the city will get 173 feet of space to develop part of a municipal biking and walking trail that extends along the Grand River from the southern city limits to the northern boundary.

Councilman Dan Greer, a Comtronics employee, abstained from the vote and former Councilwoman Ruth Rockwell resigned in September, leaving five votes.

“This deal is good for a number of reasons,” City Manager Warren Renando said after the meeting. “It gives Comtronics room to expand, fulfilled a parking requirement for the Consumers Energy deal and will make room for a Wendy’s restaurant.”

John A. Campau, president and CEO of Comtronics, said company officials are working out details of a planned multi-million-dollar expansion. That plan includes a four-story addition on the north side of the facility and enough parking for its 135-employee work force.

In other business, the City Council:

  • Unanimously approved a process for filling Rockwell’s seat. Candidates for the seat must be registered voters of the 2nd Ward and need to request an application packet from the city clerk and return it by Oct. 22. The council will vote on Nov. 19.
  • Accepted a $1,500 Promoting Active Communities Award from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. According to Julie Kelley, executive director of the Region 1 Fitness Council, Jackson was targeted for the honor of its efforts to improve physical fitness through the walking and biking community initiative.

Reprinted with permission from The Jackson Citizen Patriot
Copyright January 2002

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