Township seeing new economic development

FLINT TWP. — Expect a major business to announce plans in the next few weeks to move into remaining vacant office space in the Bristol Office Park building on Bristol Road.

So says Tracey Tucker, township economic enhancement director, in her annual report Tuesday to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

The EDC meets annually, or as needed, is set up to encourage industrial and commercial development through its ability to purchase, construct, improve and maintain commercial and industrial projects and to borrow money.

Tucker’s report painted a vigorous picture of rebounding economic activity in the township.

The soon-to-be-announced newcomer asked for privacy until they are ready to announce, Tucker said, adding that “It’s big.” It will join Senderra RX Specialty Pharmacy which moved into Bristol Park last June, with the potential of 170 new jobs over a three year span.

Tucker’s list of about 60 economic development activities during the past year included the opening of McLaren’s Hospitality House on Beecher Road; completion of the Professional Center at Baker College; additions of Ulta Cosmetics, And That! and Five Below stores in the converted former Circuit City building on MIler Road that stood vacant about four years; a new diner and test track in progress at Vehicle City Harley Davidson on Austin’s Parkway; construction of Panera Bread on Miller Road; Crannie Signs moving to Marketplace Drive; Ollie’s moving into the long-vacant Furniture Express building near Gander Mountain on Linden Road, and completed demolition of the derelict Brookstone Apartments near Flushing Road.

Interest is being shown in the vacant VG’s grocery store on Corunna Road, the former Border’s Bookstore on Miller Road and the closed Waldron dealership on Miller Road, she said.

Also 4D Systems moved in, ending all vacancies on Marketplace Drive off Bristol Road. The firm specializes in engineering controls and robotics programming software.

Several longtime business such as Ruggero’s restaurant, DXL Men’s Apparel, McDonald’s restaurants and stores at Genesee Valley mall either relocated and/or renovated during the past year.

The board also held annual election of officers and chose to keep current officers in place – Grace Glass as chairperson, Jim Rouse, assistant chairperson, Kim Courts, secretary and Ed Burns, treasurer. Township Supervisor Karyn Miller and trustee Barb Vert also serve on the board.

The board replaced one member and is looking for another to represent the business community. Deb Nebraski, a township employee, was appointed to one vacant position.

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