ELGA site plan gets thumbs up from Planning Commission

GRAND BLANC TWP. — ELGA Credit Union has cleared another hurdle in its plan to build a new headquarters and branch office in Grand Blanc Township.

The township Planning Commission voted Thursday, June 4, to recommend the township Board of Trustees approve the site plan for the project on Hill Road and Grand Pointe Blvd.

The 12-acre parcel will accommodate a 62,800-square-foot headquarters at the back of the property, and a 4,400-square-foot branch office, as well as a retention pond that will be landscaped and surrounded by a walking path that connects to the Bicentennial Park Pathway.

“This is a beautiful piece of property that we’re really excited to develop,” said Troy Andrews, engineer for Wade Trim.

The branch office will include four drive-through lanes and 45 parking spaces. The headquarters will be a two-story building with 242 parking spaces and a terrace. A pathway around the retention pond will connect the two buildings.

“That’s a large facility that’s going to have some gatherings in that lower level, primarily for corporate events,” Andrews said.

The retention pond, which is designed to withstand a 100-year storm, will sit on nearly one acre.

Landscaping will include some deciduous trees to create a canopy, as well as evergreens.

Andrews said construction could begin as early as July, starting with the branch office.