Planning Commission holding rezoning hearing

FLINT TWP. — A public hearing set for 6 p.m. Feb. 8 before the Planning Commission is to consider 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. 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 training systems.

According to its website, AeroTrain specializes in aircraft maintenance training and equipment needs. Its expertise includes “design and development of training-aids for avionics, aircraft engines, aircraft systems, instruments, and electrical systems relevant to aircraft maintenance training.”

Founded in 1995, it was called Systems Solutions until incorporated in April 2001 and renamed Avitek Engineering Corporation. Its name was changed to AeroTrain in 2006 to emphasize its focus on aircraft training products. Its mission is to foster high standards in flight safety by making sure that students in aircraft maintenance training program be adequately trained before joining the aircraft maintenance workforce.

The business is located at 5252 Exchange Drive.

The vacant parcel has always been zoned residential, as far as she knows, said Tracey Tucker, township building and zoning director.

There are few homes left in the area which 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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