By Whitney Bunn
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
With only one major item on the agenda, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners meeting concluded after a mere 15 minutes on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
A hearing for the expansion of Dart Bank was the main event.
Dart Bank, at 368 S. Park St. in Mason, along with the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, plans to invest $6.5 million in expanding their headquarters within Mason.
The Board of Commissioners heard public comment from four citizens involved in the project.
Sandy Gower, economic development coordinator for the expansion, explained the project in detail. Adjacent to its current Mason branch, the proposed construction site at 222 W. Ash St. would allow the bank’s headquarters to match the needs of its growing customer base. The combined properties equal 3.7 acres.
J.P. Buckingham, a specialist for EPA Brownfield Assessment Grants and other financial interests, said the current building would be demolished and rebuilt on both properties. The new building will be two stories, totaling 25,000 square feet.
On Jan. 20, the city of Mason unanimously approved the construction plans. Marty Colburn, city administrator, said the company has coordinated with the Mason School District to provide potential lessons in taxation for students – another positive aspect of the project.
Colburn encouraged the Board of Commissioners to move forward with the $6.5 million investment.
Gower said the expansion would provide 50-70 temporary construction jobs and up to six permanent jobs. Eligible costs for the project are $1,358,150.
Also present in support of this project were Peter Kubacki, president and CEO of Dart Bank, and Mason Mayor, Leon Clark.
The Board of Commissioners has not yet voted on this project.