CRETE | Village Board members were happy to announce that they have an agreement to bring a $7 million business to Crete.
Trustees at Monday night’s regular board meeting announced that Al-Amin Transportation will be purchasing 12 acres and building a 34,000-square foot cold food storage plant on Munz Road.
The facility, which can be expanded to 68,000 square feet, will be built east of Route 1 at Old Monee Road.
Village President Michael Einhorn said that it was the proactive work of the board that sealed the deal.
“We have worked very hard to stay one step ahead of the game,” Einhorn said. “We have been working with Al-Amin to have the next step ready every time it has been needed. They, in turn, have seen how hard our village will work to bring their business in.”
The cold food storage plant will provide 40 jobs, with an average pay of $50,000 according to Einhorn.
“That will do a lot for our community,” he said. “Plus the village will see revenue from property taxes.”
To support the endeavor, the village has agreed to use TIF funds to develop the infrastructure along Old Monee and Munz Roads. The village will cover the cost of installing water, sewer, road expansion, and right-of-way.
“By doing the infrastructure work, we help Al-Amin,” Einhorn said. “But because it is infrastructure that is shared, other businesses that develop along that corridor will be able to use it.”
The next step in the process is to finalize the site plan approval. The plan is to complete that portion in March. Permits could then be issued for development in April.
“Al-Amin is interested in moving forward and developing, and so are we,” Einhorn said. “So we will try to help them expedite the process.”
Currently, Al-Amin has a dispatch transportation hub located on Paxton Ave. in Lansing.
The board tabled a bid opening process for the repair and repainting of the Crete water tower on Bradford Place. The bid packets will be re-issued and the bid process started over.
The board did accept a bid of $239,964 for sanitary sewer lining work to be done in the village during 2013. The bid was awarded to Pipeline Solutions LLC.