Two public hearings on board agenda next week

FLINT TWP. — Two items open to public input are scheduled to come before the township board at its Aug. 17 meeting.

One is a public hearing to consider an application for an Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate for DaVinci Equity Group, doing business as Riverfront Eyecare, 4337 Miller Rd. DaVinci Equity Group is asking the township to establish an Industrial Development District and grant it a 12-year Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate to facilitate an investment of about $2.5 million in improvements for a retail optical business and a lens manufacturing lab. The project proposes to create 10-12 new jobs in two years.

In other business, the board will take comments prior to second reading and adoption of a rezoning for two parcels adjacent to Willowbrook Manor Assisted Living Facility, 4436 Beecher Road. If granted, the parcels would be rezoned from single family residential to multi-family residential to be consistent with Willow brook’s current zoning.

The request is being made to expand parking at the facility. A couple of inter- ested homeowners have attended previous hearings to ask how and if the rezoning would affect their property.

Mark Bezinque, who said he is the sole neighbor across the street from the nursing home, attended the Planning Commission meeting. He did not object to the rezoning but sought assurance that the property would not be used for something other than a parking lot, after it is rezoned.

Michael Mansfield, who lives on nearby Casaloma Court, attended the first hearing for the rezoning at the July 20 township board meeting.

He wondered why he and other neighbors near the property did not receive notice of the rezoning but learned that their homes are outside of the notification limit.

“I came to ask you to kick it back to the Planning Commission because we were not given due process,” he said.

He also said he does not have a problem with Willowbrook using the parcels to expand its parking but he and his neighbors already are being impacted by proximity to a nearby nonconforming industrial use – a towing company that “looks like a junk yard” and makes noise from trucks backing up all night.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said they would have a code enforcement officer look into conditions at the tow company.

Tracey Tucker, building director, said her department has been trying to get the company to plant trees as a sound barrier.

No vote was taken on the rezoning request because it was a first reading. The board will vote on it next week.

The board also is expected to make a decision on the requested route for the annual Bikes on the Bricks charity motorcycle ride which uses township roads twice, including Bristol Road in front of Bishop International Airport. The board tabled the request at its last meeting to allow time to consult with airport officials about potential problems.

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