Tax exemption approved for recreational facility

FLINT TWP. — Development of the Planet3 Extreme Air Park has been cleared for takeoff.

In his letter of application to the Flint Township board, Michael Clark, owner, described the business as an extreme air recreational trampoline park. Several franchises exist nationally. It will be located at 3450 Miller Road in a long vacant building formerly occupied by Best Buy from 1992 until 2005, and by Great Lakes Power Sports from 2006 to 2011.

After public hearings, the township board unanimously approved a Commercial Rehabilitation District Resolution and a Commercial Rehabilitation Exemption Certificate Resolution for the business. The tax exemption is good for 10 years from Dec. 31, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2027. Developers have until Dec. 31 of this year to complete renovations.

No one raised objection during the public hearing. Resident Ken Berg asked if the company had sufficient liability insurance to protect the township from being sued if anyone gets hurt using the facility.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said that all requirements have been met.

Clerk Kathy Funk noted one tonguein cheek response from Bishop Airport officials after receiving public notice of development of an “air park.” The business is located in the airport’s flight path so they jokingly asked that they keep the jumpers down out of air space. Planet3 is an indoor facility.

Tracey Tucker, township building director, said that Clark is investing $500,000 to improve the 36,400 square-foot, free-standing building which has sat vacant for quite a while and will bring 40 new jobs.

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.

Demolition is underway. Clark said he hoped to have the facility open by early April. Planet3 is a “destination location” that attracts customers from a 75-100-mile radius, he said in his application letter.

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