While there has been a fiery debate over whether this millage should have gone before voters, in our eyes that is only part of the problem.
While we aren’t arguing over whether a new station house is needed, or whether the issue should have gone before voters for approval — as those are separate issues altogether — we feel strongly that this location along M-104 being considered by township officials is not the best place for a new fire station.
Sure, it may be located in a high-traffic area with easy access to other areas of the township, but we think that high-traffic area could be better utilized for commerce.
As this is prime real estate, who is to say a new business or development wouldn’t better serve this area if it were to utilize the same space?
First off, a commercial development would provide new tax dollars for the area that a fire station wouldn’t bring. Secondly, it would allow for more jobs and money flowing through the Spring Lake area.
Besides, there is already limited space along the M-104 corridor, and we shouldn’t waste this prime location for development on a municipal building that won’t bring the same benefits to the township as a different type of development.
Before the shovel hits the dirt, we ask Spring Lake Township officials to reconsider the location of this proposed fire barn before they remove some prime real estate for a municipal purpose.
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