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Spartan Stores Inc., which already has provided a major donation for a YMCA in
Tim Cochran, chief planner for
Representatives from Spartan Stores and developer The Granger Group were unavailable for comment last week.
A major hurdle yet to be cleared is an ordinance amendment expected to go before the Wyoming Planning Commission this week, Cochran said. The amendment would allow a gas station in the
"When we crafted this district initially — the planned health care district — we didn't envision any gas stations being there," Cochran said. "With this particular application, we see where it makes some sense, but only if it's tie-barred to a supermarket. It wouldn't be a free-standing station right off the expressway. In this case, it would be fairly near the Mobil near Gezon and
After Planning Commission review, the ordinance amendment requires Wyoming City Council approval, he said. The earliest the council could see a proposal would be August. The store also would need site plan approval from the Planning Commission.
Spartan has announced its intent to build stores near downtown Grand Rapids and on East Beltline Avenue NE in the anticipated Knapp's Crossing retail development across from Celebration Village. Recent plans to replace a Family Fare on
The Spartan Stores Foundation in 2007 announced a $3 million gift toward construction of a 70,000-square-foot YMCA in
- Reports have confirmed that visitors have become confused and disoriented — and some have even gotten lost, so the Downtown Development Authority has decided to line the Skywalk with a series of wayfinding signs.
DDA Executive Director Jay Fowler said he has met with property owners along the enclosed Skywalk, which runs from DeVos Place to Van Andel Arena, and there was "universal agreement" that the walkway needs some signage. "I did warn the stakeholders that we may need some assistance from property owners for funding," he said.
The DDA has $75,000 set aside for the project in its current budget.
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- The latest Small Business Barometer survey surprisingly finds that small business owners are a little more upbeat about the
marketplace than they were six months ago. There's even a slight up-tick in the number of small employers who say they hired more workers over the past half year. Michigan
Of course, small business owners say there are still plenty of problems that need to be addressed: decreasing sales and profits, poor access to credit, a lousy business climate, and a continuing slide in perceptions of the fairness of the tax system.
This wave of the Barometer shows that only 6 percent of respondents give a positive rating to the performance of the Legislature. This will make the upcoming political endorsement season even more compelling.
Survey results show employment appears to be inching slowly toward the historical average hiring level, becoming relatively more positive for small businesses in
Positive ratings of the
Small businesses may be re-evaluating their perceptions of the market, but their ratings of
Perceptions of the tax system continue to be unfavorable. Only 8 percent of respondents rated the fairness of the tax system positively. Since 1994, positive ratings had mostly stayed above 10 percent. However, the past few waves indicate a more downward shift. In the last wave, negative ratings had risen to their highest level (46 percent). This period marks a marginal fall to 44 percent, which is still well above the historical average of 26 percent.
When small business owners were asked to identify "the most negative aspects of doing business in