Building boom expands in Grand Ledge

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By Emily Lynch

GRAND LEDGE- New buildings and city projects are underway for 2013.

Many new families are moving in and bringing fresh ideas to the city, said Jill Russell, executive director of the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce. Because of this, Grand Ledge businesses have had to accommodate, expand and develop in this rather small city.

Within the past year, there has been a development of a new medical clinic on Charlevoix Drive. Also, the expansion of Independence Village, a retirement home for those who want to enjoy independent living, is well underway said Jon Bayless, city administrator of Grand Ledge.

Located at 1005 Charlevoix, the new medical clinic will be a 34, 087 square foot medical office building with about 150 parking spaces.

“The clinic is doing a lot of unique things health care wise,” said Bayless. “They are working both with both Sparrow and the McLaren system.”

The city is looking forward to the new center, said Bayless. It started during the summer of 2012 and is well underway.

There has also been much home remodeling as well, he said, which includes add-ons to houses such as garages, decks and room additions. About three to four new homes have been built in the past year, which is great for the city of Grand Ledge, said Bayless, because until now, they didn’t have any.

With a plethora of city projects in progress, it only seems fitting that the Grand Ledge city hall would receive its much-needed renovation.

“It has been a long time coming for everyone working here,” said Grand Ledge Mayor, Kalmin Smith. “Especially the cops, who are currently in the basement of our building.”

On February 7, the Planning Commission approved the site plan for the new municipal building.  The plan is to convert the former Greenwood School into a new city hall, police station and community space, said Smith.

The new city hall will not only benefit city officials but will benefit the community as well, said Smith.

The renovated building will include new offices for city officials, a renovated police department with a holding cell, as well as a gym and auditorium for daily use and events.

“There are always things going on in this city,” said Smith. “Even though were a small town, we are always staying busy.”

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