By Miranda Chavez
Holt Journal staff writer
Reduced speed limits, roundabouts and changes to the street landscape are just a few of the rumors surrounding the changes that will be coming to Cedar Street in Delhi Charter Township.
The question on most community members’ minds is “What is really happening to Cedar Street?”
According to Director of Community Development Tracy L.C. Miller, the township is working on updating and improving what is called the downtown triangle.
“It has been in the community’s master plan to sort of create this downtown, for a community that doesn’t really have a downtown,” said Miller.
The downtown triangle is the area between the intersections of Holt Road and Aurelius Road, Cedar Street and Holt Road, and Cedar Street and Aurelius Road.
Miller said that the township has already changed the street on Holt Road. It has also updated some infrastructure on Aurelius Road. The senior center, the township office and library are just a few buildings that have been updated recently.
The Downtown Development Authority contributes to the downtown triangle changes as well. The DDA is a non-profit organization that works with the township to create a better community for Delhi Charter Township.
Executive director of the DDA Howard Haas said it takes buildings or vacant lots that are in despair and buys them so new infrastructure that is more beneficial to the community can be built.
Haas said that the DDA has purchased the South Cedar Street Car Wash and has begun to clear out the existing equipment so the land can be prepped for construction.
The DDA is also in the process of purchasing the Holt Auto Clinic, which is next door to the old car wash, so that a more cohesive set of buildings can be constructed on that side of Cedar Street, according to Haas.
Owner of the Holt Auto Clinic, Dave Rothermel said that the clinic has been in business for close to 40 years and that some of their customers are third generation.
He said that there will always be people in the community who agree with changes being made and those that disagree, but what is best for the community is what is important.
Rothermel said that forcing too much change at once is what makes community members resistant.
“I think that you need to let it grow naturally,” said Rothermel.
His wife and co-owner Linda Rothermel said that she worries about what affect the changes, increased street traffic for example, might have on children’s ability to walk about the street safely.
Linda Rothermel said as long as the changes benefit the community, she supports them.
Owner of Ad-Ink & Toner Bill Harney said he found it discomforting to see surveyors measure from across the street at the car wash up to his business’ front door.
Haas said that the DDA has no plans to purchase and renovate any new or functional infrastructure that is in this area.
In the end, the DDA and the Community Development Department are hoping to create a walkaround downtown area that resembles Williamston or Mason.
There is no definite end date for the project, according to Haas.