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Village trustees from Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant approved Monday an agreement that clears the way for significant new development – and new jobs – in both communities.
As predicted by Sturtevant Administrator/Clerk Mary Cole, the meeting was quick since the majority of the details were worked out in August.
“We just had to hammer out a few final details and fine tune some things,” she said before the meeting. “I expect this evening to move quickly and smoothly.”
The agreement moves 66 acres of land into Sturtevant in exchange for water and sewer extensions to the property just west of UNFI on Durand Avenue in Mount Pleasant.
Ashley Capital plans to build a 400,000 square foot building on the Sturtevant parcels, plans for which are expected to receive preliminary approval Thursday at the village’s Planning Commission meeting. Construction won’t begin, Cole said, probably until spring.
Local developer Ray Leffler and his partners at Reesman Excavating have an option-to-purchase on the former Fonk farm property next to UNFI on Highway 11. That option had to be extended when talks between the villages nearly fell apart.
Leffler told Mount Pleasant trustees in August that he had a potential developer interested in constructing a 660,000 square foot building that would mean hundreds of new jobs for the area.