In brief

Hearings set to create IDD on Market Place Dr.

FLINT TWP. — The township board has scheduled pubic hearings at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 to establish an Industrial Development District (IDD) along Market Place Drive and to consider a petition from Signs by Crannie, 4145 Market Place, for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate.

Property owners in the proposed district, residents and taxpayers are invited to attend the hearing to comment.

The Plant Rehabilitation and Industrial Development Districts Act provides a tax incentive to manufacturers to enable renovation and expansion of aging facilities, assist in the building of new facilities, and to promote the establishment of high tech facilities, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury web site. An IDD must be created before projects can begin. The Industrial Facilities Exemption (IFE) certificate provides an exemption from ad valorem real and/or personal property taxes for a term of 1-12 years as determined by the local unit of government. Applications are filed, reviewed and approved by the local unit of government, but are also subject to review at the State level by the Property Services Division and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Ultimate approval and issuance of certificates comes from the State Tax Commission. — R.S.

Fundraisers planned to fight human trafficking

FLINT TWP. — “Meet us at the Bridge for a Night of Music”, a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 is one of two being planned to support Restoration Place, a faith-based nonprofit that will provide after-care to minors who have been victims of sexual exploitation.

Saturday’s event will be held at the The Bridge Church, G3326 Corunna Rd. and will feature a presentation about human trafficking and its affect on communities from Amy Rouleau, director of Restoration Place. Music will be provided by The Bridge Praise Band, food available and items for sale by More Beautiful than Diamonds Boutique.

Similarly, Rouleau will speak at the second fundraiser, the “Unique from the Boutique Fall Festival” from 1-4 p.m. November 16 at Ainsworth Baptist Church, 5114 Van Slyke Road, which also features Contemporary Christian Music, food and sales by the More Beautiful than Diamonds Boutique.

Restoration Place will be a home serving girls ages 11-17 who have been victims of sex trafficking in and around Genesee County.

Restoration Place will use traditional Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy as well as non-traditional, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Meditation, Music, Art and Exercise to assist the girls in recovery.

Restoration Place is in negotiations to purchase a home on land contract in Tuscola County with the intent of taking victims far away from their perpetrators but remain close to needed resources, according to a press release from Rouleau.

She is working with service providers in the area to raise awareness and funds needed to buy and operate the facility. — R.S.

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