Planning Commissions approves site plans for expansion and new development

FLINT TWP. — For folks who enjoy shopping at Aldi grocery store, there is good news and sort of bad news.

The good news is that store is planning a 3,300 square-foot expansion to the existing store at 4270 Corunna Road. The not so good news is that probably starting in April, the popular store will be closed for about five weeks of the 15-week construction period, said Curt Petrak, construction manager, who presented the plans to the Planning Commission.

The proposed addition to be built on the east side of the exiting building will upgrade the appearance of the store to Aldi’s new twin-tower look, Petrak said drainage, landscaping and parking will also be upgraded.

Interior improvements will include a new fire suppression system, HVAC and electrical upgrades, replacement of a lay-in ceiling and lighting with an open concept; a new reach-in cooler, freezer box and meat cooler.

The Aldi expansion was one of three projects approved by the Commission at its monthly meeting last week.

Also expanding is Nagel Paper, 6347 W. Lennon Road, which received approval for a 12,000 square-foot addition. The company makes paper packaging and currently has about 35 employees

Tracey Tucker, economic enhancement director, noted that at one time Nagel’s owner was considering moving out of the area but worked with her and other local officials and decided to stay.

Larry Ford, commission chair, Nagel’s representatives for their investment in Flint Township.

Planning Commissioners also approved plans for a pro shop and driving range to be built at 6122 W. Maple Road, currently a 44-acre vacant parcel with industrial zoning.

After some discussion mainly about proper drainage and providing a tree or fence screen for errant balls, the commission gave the project a green light, pending final approvals from health, road and drainage authorities.

The owner identified himself as Wesley Hull of Swartz Creek.

One person from the audience commented on the project. Charles Osmun, owner of Osmun’s Landscape Supply, 1372 W. Hill Road, said he did not object to the project but wanted assurance that industrial zoning in the area would remain intact.

Commissioners told him there were no plans to change the zoning.

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