Sale of Rezoned Handy Township Land Moves Forward

September 4, 2014

9/4/14 - Handy Township is moving forward with the sale of a group of properties that were controversially rezoned earlier this summer. In July, the township board approved rezoning 206 acres of township-owned land located at the southwest corner of Grand River and Nicholson Road from agricultural/residential to industrial. The goal of the rezoning was to get a high price for the land, which was recently acquired by the township in a court settlement related to ongoing sewer debt issues. Township Supervisor Hank Vaupel tells WHMI a purchase agreement for the property has been delivered to the township, and last night the board discussed it at length in closed session. It was not approved during that meeting, but the township attorney was told to act on it. Vaupel says the agreement will come before the board at its Tuesday meeting. Meanwhile, a nearby resident made an offer on 3.8 acres of the property to serve as a buffer between his own property and any future industrial tenants. Jeffrey Kassab offered the township almost $19,000 cash for the parcel. His purchase offer is also slated to be discussed on Tuesday. (TD)

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