City OKs land sale for proposed medical marijuana facility development

City council held a meeting in the council chambers on Tuesday night, with a full agenda featuring a city-owned property sale for a proposed medical marijuana facility development. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

City council held a meeting in the council chambers on Tuesday night, with a full agenda featuring a city-owned property sale for a proposed medical marijuana facility development. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — A new development project could be headed for Manistee, as the City Council accepted a bid for two lots located in the city’s Industrial Park on Tuesday night.

At its regular meeting, city council voted unanimously to sell lots 12 and 13 — on the corner of North Glocheski Drive and Washington Street — for a total of $32,400.

Beau Parmenter, developer with Elite Dynamic Innovative Solutions, said he has worked with many successful developments since 2005.

However, he said a medical marijuana facility partnership was recently formed with Leaf LLC, which works with other medical professionals and businesses — many of which conduct cancer research with marijuana.

Thad Taylor, city manager, said he has been in contact with Parmenter for months about the sale, development details.

“It’s pretty much big business owners and doctors on this that I am dealing with,” he said. “We have put forth a lot of work to find out who has the credentials to do it and who does not.”

Parmenter said the next step for the project is to obtain approvals for licenses to both build and operate the medical marijuana facilities.

The project calls for the construction of three buildings within the purchased lots, along with 15 to 20 jobs that could open up for each building, depending on the future of the development.

Council member Lynda Beaton asked about the structure of the building. Parmenter said it would be either pole or steel structure buildings, all under tight security.

Parmenter said more information will be presented to city council when moving to obtain licences for the facilities.

“It’s going to be more secure than a bank,” he said. “They have to comply with all of the regulations (before operating).”

Also on the agenda, city council approved, 7-0, a DTE Energy settlement offer.

The city owns and maintains a portion of the water system along Maple Road, within Charter Township of Filer, where numerous leaks in a DTE Energy operated gas main were reported.

DTE Energy installed Cathotic Protection where the pipelines cross, and offered to settle the issue.

“They offered this to reimburse us for our property expenses and claim responsibility,” said Jeff Mikula, Manistee Department of Public Works director. “The amount offered was exactly the number I provided to them.”

City council also approved on Tuesday, 7-0, an amendment for an agreement for the South Washington Area redevelopment project. The agreement is between the city, City of Manistee Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, River Parc Place II LLC and North Channel Investors LLC.

The development agreement was approved for the South Washington Area on Feb. 16, 2016. Since then, the developer changed plans for the Edgewater building, and elected to remove two commercial spaces on the first floor and return it to garage space.

The following agenda items were also unanimously approved on Tuesday:

  • Depositories for city funds, as required by the city charter;
  • A resolution waiving penalty, fees and interest for failure to file a property transfer affidavit;
  • The State Tax Commission is requiring the city to have a Tax Exempt Parcel Review Policy to audit the tax exempt parcels. City council approved the draft policy;
  • City council guidelines policy updates, which were outlined at the Nov. 14, Organizational Meeting;
  • An amendment for council policy “CP-3 Sale of City Owned Property,” as proposed changes were made at the Nov. 28, work session;
  • Renewal rates for riverfront leases, as the current five-year riverfront leases expire on Dec. 31; and
  • Council appointments for various council committees, including the Council Personnel Committee.

Jason Haag, with the County Prosecutor’s Office, gave a report, along with Michelle Wright, who spoke on the activities of the City Clerk’s Office.

Wright, who plans to retire on Jan. 5, gave a final statement during her last report to council. Many supportive remarks followed from council members.

“I want to thank everyone that’s been a part of my time here,” said Wright. “You’ve all made an impact on my life at one point or another, so thank you.”

A work session will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the city council chambers, on the FEMA Flood Plain Mapping, and the RRC process to “Identify and Prioritize Redevelopment Sites” and other such business.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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