New Baltimore City Council Approves Site Plan for New Family Dollar

Changes to buildings on the streets of New Baltimore are on the horizon.

The New Baltimore City Council held their meeting Monday night at . 

The gathering focused mainly on the 'Special Order of Business' section of the agenda.

In a quick decision, a site plan for a Family Dollar store to be located at 37040 Green Street was approved. There is no word yet on when building will begin on the site. 

Perhaps the most discussed item of the night was the Historic District Commission decision regarding the . The building, which has been vacant for quite some time, currently has leaks in the roof and mildew growing. Councilwoman Flo Hayman voiced concern that the windows need to be opened for ventilation or the building will begin rotting quickly. There was also talk of volunteers coming to rip out the carpets inside. A decision on the property's future was tabled for two weeks, while the council asks for a quote of how much the building would be to patch up, and some upholsterers are ordered.

Other items discussed on Monday included the approval to purchase six new tires for a vehicle for Tower 1 of the Fire Department. The truck in need of the new tires still has its first tires from 12 years ago. 

Also mentioned was the unanimous decision to oppose the proposed cuts to the Michigan Air National Guard. No further discussion was done.

Monday's City Council meeting concluded with the decision to hold two public hearings on May 30 at City Hall. At 6 p.m., weed control in the Schmid Subdivision canals will be discussed, while at 6:30 p.m., the topic will be a special assessment dredging project request in the canals.

Brian Moran May 15, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Like we need another dollar store! How about aproving some nice local eatiries or a microbrewery to help promote a tourist like atmosphere like the wine house. I really doubt people want to come to New Baltimore to see a dollar store,a lock shop,or a cabinet store. Let's get into the modern era people!
bayboy May 15, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I'm with Brian ,we need a dollar store like we need another drug store or credit union\ bank!!
Thomas C. Pilarowski May 15, 2012 at 06:18 PM
another $$$$$$$$$$ store is NOT what NB needs, let's put up "something" with a little "Class".......... all the $$$ store will do is hurt the local Businesses, as do the Chains. But I guess the thinking is: Something is better than Nothing.....
kidcat24 May 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
What the heck is going on with Biggby Coffee?
Eric Matthews May 16, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Is NB trying to get as many Dollar Stores as Drug Stores. Let's get something in this town that people want to go to.
Nap May 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM
It was a dumpy store when it was next to Kroger.....and it closed...why would we want another one in NB......Get with it City...get something in here that people want!!
mom May 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM
ridiculous - New Baltimore is a cute little town -sure as heck don't need a dollar store when there's 2 a mile away!!
Keri May 19, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Not happy about a Dollar Store. The Dollar Store is a fine store but not by our downtown. It doesn't bring class to a downtown.
Marguerite Rivard May 19, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Whats wrong with renovating some of these empty store in these strip malls. The store where V.G's use to be, where the tuxcedo store was. I heard that the Salvation Army is moving.If they do there go another empty store. Just what we need. Lets make New Baltimore beautiful Fill the empty building with stores that will stay, not leave and make another empty space. A nice low key restrurant would be nice, something moderatly priced with seafood,after all we are the gateway to the Great Lakes.
Kathy Dehem May 19, 2012 at 05:44 PM
My husband and I are the owners of the Biggby Coffee. Getting it up and running has been such a slow process! It is taking so long because we are buying the building rather than just leasing a space. The majority of our loan is coming from the Small Business Administration, and that has been our biggest hurdle. We believe we are very close to closing on the property and construction should begin soon after.
kidcat24 May 20, 2012 at 07:16 AM
Thanks Kathy. Sorry it has taken so long for you. Good to know you are almost near ready.
Lilly May 22, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I LOVED that dollar store ..I miss it and hope they bring it back !! BRING BACK THE FAMILY DOLLAR !!
Lilly May 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I love your ideas Marquerite Rivard.


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