Public hearings set for commercial tax exemption

FLINT TWP. — Public hearings on Feb. 5 aim to give a tax break to developers of a Planet 3 Extreme Air Park located at 3450 Miller Road.

Developers have applied for a Commercial Rehabilitation Exemption Certificate which also requires that the township create a Commercial Rehabilitation District.

In his letter of application to the Flint Township board, Michael Clark, owner, said he will use the building as an extreme air recreational trampoline park. Several franchises exist nationally.

The tax exemption would qualify the property for a tax break for up to 10 years. As defined by the Michigan Department of Treasury, it is designed to encourage rehabilitation of commercial property that includes a building or group of contiguous buildings of commercial property that is 15 years or older, including vacant property that has been used commercially in the past 15 years.

In his application, Clark said the property was farmland prior to part of the current building being constructed circa 1966-67. An automotive dealership operated on the site until about 1992. From 1992 until 2005, the building was occupied by Best Buy and from 2006 to 2011 by Great Lakes Power Sports. It has sat vacant since Great Lakes closed.

Clark proposes a “complete demolition of the interior of the building” including painting inside and out, removal of old tile, carpet and ceiling tiles, new flooring, bathroom upgrades, new wiring and heating and cooling. Exterior work includes repairing water-damaged walls and the existing parking lot. New lighting inside and out and a sound and security system also are planned.

Clark estimates the rehabilitation work at $500,000. The one-story building is approximately 36,400 square feet.

Demolition has already begun, according to Clark’s letter. He said he hoped to have contractors in by March and the facility open by early April.

“The economic advantages expected from this new business are an increased flow of people to the Flint area,” he said. “We are a destination location and pull from around a 75-100-mies radius for our park.”

About 40 jobs will be created, he said.

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