Planning Commission approves residential rezoning

FLINT TWP. — After a public hearing on Feb. 8, the Planning Commission unanimously approved a request to rezone 3.72 acres of vacant land at 4142 Dye Road from single family residential to light industrial.

The request from AeroTrain Corp., 5252 Exchange Drive, proposes to use the property for expansion, according to its filed zoning amendment application. The new building will be used for assembly and fabrication of aircraft training systems.

A larger facility is needed to accommodate growth, said Victor Duncan, AeroTrain operations manager, who was present at the hearing to answer questions.

AeroTrain builds training equipment for aircraft maintenance schools all over the world with customers in 28 countries, Duncan said.

The business started in a small office in Flint in 1995, then in 2013 moved to a 6000 square-foot building on Exchange Drive in Flint Township.

“The business has continued to grow,” Duncan said. “We are just about past our capacity in that building.”

They purchased the Dye Road property with plans to build a 10-12,000 square-foot building. Duncan said he did not have a timetable yet, as they have yet to contract an engineer to draw up site plans.

AeroTrain currently has 14 employees, he said. They design and develop training-aids for avionics, aero-engine, aircraft systems, aircraft instruments, and electrical technologies relevant to general, commercial, and military aircraft training. AeroTrain Corp. also offers consulting services for the development of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 147 and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) part 147 approved curricula for aircraft maintenance training schools.

The property AeroTrain has purchased is near the dead end of Dye Road, bounded by the I-69 freeway to the south and the Genesee Valley golf course to the west. There are several commercial and manufacturing uses in the area between Commerce Road and Exchange Drive, east of the site.

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