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My Town Sparta: Council backs altering village boundaries

My Town Sparta: Council backs altering village boundaries

SPARTA, Mich.—The Village of Sparta is poised to become slightly larger.

During its regular meeting last week, the village council approved a resolution to incorporate 1.24 acres of township property on Sparta Avenue into the village.  The property is adjacent to Cascade Die Casting Group, Inc.  The company purchased the property to expand its facilities, but it needs the section of land included within the village limits in order for it to be eligible for tax incentives.

Interim Village Manager Sharon J. DeLange says the resolution must be approved by the village attorney before it is sent on to the Kent County Board of Commission for final consideration.

My Town Sparta: Faith's Walk May 3

My Town Sparta: Faith's Walk May 3

SPARTA, Mich.— The date is set for the annual Faith's Walk at Roger's Park.

Faith's Angels will hold the event May 3, with a pancake breakfast prior to the walk.  Of the funds raised, 80 percent will go directly to congenital heart disease research.

Faith's Angels was founded eight years ago,  in memory of Faith Goodfellow, who died two weeks after birth. Faith had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which meant she was born with no left ventricle in her heart.  The doctors at University of Michigan performed heart surgery on Faith just three days after her birth to reroute her blood flow so she could survive.  She was kept on transportable life support the next 11 days, but then passed away after surgery.

My Town: Company to relocate to new Algoma Township facility

My Town: Company to relocate to new Algoma Township facility

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Howard City contractor may soon be moving to Algoma Township.

Tuesday night, the Algoma Township Planning Commission is expected to vote on a site plan for a new building by Elston-Richards, Inc.  The company says the 4,800-square-foot facility would be leased to Hillard Electric, which plans to relocate from Howard City to Algoma Township.  The building would be located at 4099 Cedar Commercial Drive and include office and warehouse space.

In a letter to the Planning Commission, Elston-Richards President John Holmes says the facility will be built with the option of future expansions, adding up to 2,400 square feet.

Tuesday night’s meeting begins at 7 p.m.

My Town Sparta: Two developments approved; hundreds of jobs expected

My Town Sparta: Two developments approved; hundreds of jobs expected

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Two developments that would bring approximately 200 new jobs to Algoma Township have been given the green light.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18,  the Algoma Township Planning Commission approved the site plans for a senior living complex at 2951 10 Mile Road and a manufacturing facility at 10095 Northland Drive. 

The housing development is being spearheaded by Edmund London & Associates from Southfield.  They plan to transform an outlot near Meijer into a community for seniors.

Dykema LP is the developer of the manufacturing facility, which will cut steel for the tool and die industry.

Planning Commission Chairman Tyler Lecceadone says construction on both developments would start when the weather breaks and if all necessary permits are approved.

My Town Sparta: Developer presents plan for senior living complex

My Town Sparta: Developer presents plan for senior living complex

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  A developer looking to add a senior living complex near the Meijer on 10 Mile Road will present its plans during the Algoma Township Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

Edmund London & Associates wants to develop Outlot L of 2951 10 Mile Road into a community for seniors.  The firm’s site plan will be reviewed, discussed and possibly voted on by the planning commission Tuesday.

The Algoma Township Board conditionally approved Meijer’s plan to divide and redefine uses for the land last month.  

My Town Sparta: Faith's Angels reaches fundraising milestone

My Town Sparta: Faith's Angels reaches fundraising milestone

SPARTA, Mich.—Eight years after one of the youngest victims of congenital heart disease passed away, an organization founded in her memory has raised more than $7,000 in donations.

Faith’s Angels is named after Faith Goodfellow, who died two weeks after birth.  Faith had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, which meant she was born with no left ventricle in her heart.  The doctors at University of Michigan performed heart surgery on Faith just three days after her birth to reroute her blood flow so she could survive.  She was kept on transportable life support the next 11 days, but then passed away after surgery.

Public hearing over sign ordinance Feb. 18

Public hearing over sign ordinance Feb. 18

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Algoma Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing next week to discuss potential changes to the township’s sign ordinance.

The proposed amendment would allow for certain limited changes to a commercial district sign for gasoline.

The public hearing will take place Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. inside the Algoma Township Hall, located at 10531 Algoma Ave.  Concerned residents who cannot make it to the meeting can send their comments by mail to the Township Hall ahead of the hearing.