Morning Sun Article July 20,2010

The new construction project on Broadway, west of Summerton, will be leased by Michigan Works upon its completion. Sun Photograph

Sun Staff Writer

The private contractor building a new, 10,000 square foot building to house Mt. Pleasant’s Michigan Works work force development agency says the new building is likely to be complete by early fall.

Kirk Smith recently told the Union Township Planning Commission that it will be a single-tenant building and that they are “shooting for October” for completion. The building will be privately owned and leased by the state.

The new Michigan Works location is near the corner of South Summerton and East Broadway roads, near Mid Michigan Community College’s Herbert D. Doan Center for Science and Technologies. Among the jobs Michigan Works does is worker retraining, often encouraging and sometimes subsidizing displaced workers to improve their technical skills through community colleges.

The Mt. Pleasant office of the work force development agency currently is housed in a strip mall on the 1800 block of South Mission Street.

John Van Nieuwenhuyzen, the chief administrator of the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium, said he is very optimistic that Michigan will bounce back from its current economic hard times. He said he’s encouraged by the amount of construction in central Michigan.

The property was rezoned in June from general industrial to general business by the Union Township board. Lone Maple Development will be required to build a sidewalk in front of the 330-foot-wide property.

“This is another instance where the new (sidewalk) ordinance is being implemented,” said Trustee John Dinse, who also serves on the township planning board.


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