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Council hearing set on city land sale for Kmart development

(Published March 26, 2001)


Staff Writer

Officials still have not announced where they plan to move the cityís 550-car impoundment lot to make way for development of the Brentwood Road NE site to accommodate Kmart, Giant Food and Home Depot stores. Ground-breaking is scheduled by the end of April. Officials say they will move the Department of Motor Vehicles functions to the Penn-Branch Shopping Center in Ward 7, and Ward 5 residents in the North Michigan Park/Lamond-Riggs area have been told to expect the dome that houses road salt to be moved into their neighborhood on Farragut Street NE.

With groundbreaking for the new Kmart development in Ward 5 scheduled before the end of April, city officials are now fighting the clock to ensure all city services currently occupying the site can be relocated in time.

The city councilís Committee on Economic Development has scheduled a hearing for 9:30 a.m. March 26 on the proposed sale of the cityís Brentwood Road NE impoundment lot as the site that will accommodate the cityís first Kmart and Home Depot stores and its fifth Giant Food store. The hearing, chaired by At-Large Councilman Harold Brazil, will be held in Room 700 at One Judiciary Square, 441 Fourth St. NE.

The deal, negotiated by the office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Eric Price, calls for Michigan-based developer Graimark/Walker Urban Land Development LLC to pay the city $3 million for the land.

Department of Motor Vehicles officials announced last week they intend to move the driver test lot from the site to the Ward 7 Municipal Center at Penn-Branch Shopping Center, at Pennsylvania and Branch avenues SE.

The Office of Property Management and the Department of Public Works also appear to have quietly decided they will move the salt dome from Brentwood Road to a former industrial site on Farragut Street NE in Ward 5.

Joe Bowser, advisory neighborhood commissioner for 5A03, said a recent neighborhood meeting left residents grumbling about the anticipated truck traffic and environmental-related salt concerns for their property.

"All the people on Sixth Street are opposed to it," Bowser said. But he said he believes city officials have already made up their minds to follow through with the relocation, despite the objections.

Officials have not announced where they will relocate the 550-vehicle impoundment lot to which towed cars are taken.

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