GRAND BLANC — Despite a couple of sticking points, the Grand Blanc City Council approved the sale of city-owned property where a developer hopes to build a biergarten.
Council voted 5-2 to accept a $150,000 offer presented by developer Erik Perkins for the vacant land at 206, 210 and 216 Reid Road. The parcels are located west of Saginaw Road and adjacent to Physician’s Park.
The city paid $567,000 for the properties in 2000, said City Manager Wendy Jean-Buhrer. At that time, the lots included houses.
The sites currently are assessed at $337,250, Jean- Buhrer said. That indicates a true cash value of $674,500.
Some councilmembers expressed discomfort over the sale price given the amount of money the city has invested in the property. However, they pointed out that Perkins’ offer appears to have been the most viable proposal in 20 years. In that time, the city has not actively marketed the parcels, although a few people have looked at the properties, some said.
Perkins also requested a 40 percent tax abatement for 10 years, which is less than the 50 percent for 12 years that is allowed. The abatement would apply only to the building.
The council stopped short of approving the abatement request, saying only that they would negotiate terms of a tax break at a later date.
The biergarten, which will include indoor seating with about 25 tabletops as well as open-air seating, will be the focal point of the development which also will include “small footprint” office and retail space, and will provide meeting and event space, Perkins said.
He said he plans to break ground within one year of getting final approval for the project plans.
“This will provide more reason for people to come downtown,” he said.
Councilwomen Lisa Blondell and Julie Nielsen voted against the sale.