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Hillwood Investment Properties visits Board of Trustees for informational meeting on Pinnacle site proposal

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted June 19, 2019

Hillwood Investment Properties, a Texas-based real estate developer, joined the Huron Township Board of Trustees Wednesday morning to discuss a proposal for the Pinnacle site.

During the meeting, which began at 10 a.m. and continued thorough the afternoon, and was still ongoing at the time this article was published,  the developer proposed a rough sketch of what a possible development at the Pinnacle area might look like.

In this “bubble chart,” which is basically a rough sketch, the developers from Hillwood show what the different phases of the project might look like. (Screen shot taken from Huron Township board meeting live stream)

The sketch, referred to at the meeting as a “bubble chart” is made up of mostly large buildings but also includes a gas station, hotels, and some retail.

Residents and community members voiced concerns related to a possible trucking and transportation development during the meeting.

Most residents who spoke during the meeting opposed any sort of trucking development.

Traffic and road conditions were a common reason voiced by residents as to why many opposed a trucking development.

Some voiced that a development that benefits residents of the township would be more suitable for the location.

At the start of the meeting, Supervisor David Glaab gave the audience of well over 30 people a brief history of the Pinnacle area.

“The Pinnacle area has been delinquent in taxes for many years,” Glaab said.

Property taxes, according to Glaab, were not being paid by the original land owner, which led Wayne County to begin a RFQ (request for qualifications) process that would give outside developers a chance to purchase the land. 

Glaab said more than 1,000 entities were interested in the process, which was run by Wayne County.

The RFQ process reviewed applications for two things: do they have financial stability to actually follow through with plans, and did they have the means to develop the property per their plan.

Two applicants presented info to the county, one of them being Hillwood developers, Glaab said.

The other was a possible multi-use sports complex company who has yet to speak publicly on their proposal.

Whoever takes over the land will have to pay the back taxes in full.

The land will also have to be rezoned by the board for development to take place.

“If there isn’t a party that purchases the property during this process, the property will be offered at auction by the Wayne County treasurer,” Glaab said. “Anyone could purchase the property for the amount of the back taxes and do whatever with it.”

Glaab said that is not an ideal situation because the township would not know the intentions of an entity if they buy the land through auction.

Wednesday’s discussions were for informational purposes, and that no decisions were made during the meeting.

Hillwood, according to their website, is a full-service industrial real estate developer, investor and advisor focusing on institutional grade industrial properties.

The company originated in 1998 and was launched by Ross Perot, Jr., a 1992 presidential candidate, as a platform to develop and acquire industrial properties in locations other than its flagship property, AllianceTexas, in Fort Worth Texas.

The Huron Hub will continue to update this story 





Death investigations, fleeing from police among several emergency calls that have occurred recently in Huron Township

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted June 19, 2019

It’s been a busy month of June so far for Huron Township Police.

Below is police blotter with information and updates related to several different crimes and other emergency calls that have occurred in the township during the first two weeks of June.

While the list may be long, this isn’t a complete list of calls, but rather a summary of some of the more extensive emergency calls that took place in June.

“This is just a snapshot into the week of a public safety-first responder,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

June 9, 10:06 a.m. — FLEEING AND ELUDING:
Huron Township Police Officers responded to I-275 in Huron Township to assist the Monroe County Sheriff Depart Department with the arrest of a Domestic Violence suspect. During the investigation, the suspect attempted to assault a police officer with his motor vehicle and was wanted for Felonious Assault. Huron Township Officers apprehended the suspect after he fled from his vehicle on foot. The suspect was turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office pending charges.

A Huron Township Police Officer attempted to stop a vehicle in the 35900 block of Huron River Drive. The officer was conducting stationary stop sign enforcement at the intersection of King and Vining Roads. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle who fled at a high rate of speed westbound on Huron River Drive. Speeds reached more than 87 miles per hour while the officer had emergency lighting and sirens activated. The driver lost control on the Huron River Drive Railroad tracks. After spinning out and crashing, it appears that the driver attempted to continue to flee by driving in the direction of the officer, but the suspect vehicle was disabled. The driver of the vehicle fled into the Metro Park. A passenger within the vehicle, a 22-year-old Redford Township resident, was immediately taken into custody and eventually held on unrelated outstanding arrest warrants. The responding Officer immediately put out a suspect description and more than a dozen Huron Township Police Personnel responded to the scene and set up a perimeter. The Huron Township K9 Unit was called in to assist and conducted a track. Nixle and Facebook alerts were sent to the community and area schools were notified. CSX was notified and train traffic was halted in the area. At 8:21a.m., the second suspect was taken into custody on the Judd Road Railroad tracks. The suspect was intoxicated and registered PBT results of .151. However, he refused to submit to a breathalyzer and a search warrant was executed for the suspects blood. The suspect vehicle had improper plates and was impounded for investigative purposes. The fleeing suspect, a 20-year-old Detroit resident, was arrested for Fleeing and Eluding, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, and operating under the influence of alcohol. He also had an unrelated arrest warrant for possession with intent to deliver dangerous drugs out of West Virginia. The suspect has not yet been arraigned on charges as we are awaiting blood test results. Therefore, his identity is not being released at this time.

“This was a great example of the work being done by our night shift staff. I am proud of the work they do and the safety they provide during the nighttime hours. The officer who did the initial traffic stop did an incredible job of getting an accurate description of the fleeing suspect while immediately taking the passenger into custody which prevented having another suspect unaccounted for. Her training kicked in and she did everything right. These were certainly individuals who were in our community and could have caused harm. We were fortunate to have several units available to respond to the area based on our traffic services unit and our contracted policing staff,” Robbins said.

Huron Township Police and Fire Departments responded to the 27000 of Dupre Drive for a call of a 1-year-old child not breathing. The child was transported to an area hospital and pronounced deceased. The Detective Bureau was called in to assist in the investigation; the investigation is ongoing.

Huron Township Dispatch received a call from a victim who was travelling northbound I-275 near Will Carleton. The victim stated that a truck driver had just pointed a handgun at him out the truck driver’s window. The suspect vehicle was located near I-275 and Sibley Road by officers with the Traffic Services Unit. The Huron Township Police Department shut down northbound traffic and initiated a felony traffic stop on the driver of the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody and the handgun was recovered. Further investigation revealed that the initial incident occurred in Monroe County. The investigation was turned over to the Michigan State Police due to jurisdictional issues. The suspect was lodged in the Huron Township lockup facility pending charges.

“As one can imagine, this was complete chaos from the beginning due to the high volume of truck traffic on I-275. Our dispatch staff did a fantastic job getting the correct information out to responding units. Dispatchers never get the credit they deserve, and, in this case, we couldn’t have done this as quickly, safely, and efficiently as we did without them,” Robbins said.

Huron Township Officers responded to the area of Oakville Waltz and Mineral Springs for a vehicle that had crashed in a ditch. A concerned citizen stopped and the scene and attempted to assist the driver. The driver was reported to have kicked out the windshield and was assisted out the of the vehicle by the citizen. The driver then fled on foot westbound on Oakville Waltz. A search of the area was conducted to locate the suspect with negative results. On 6/16/19, the Huron Township Police Department made contact with the driver, a 41-year-old Trenton resident. The driver initially made a false report of a carjacking but changed that account of his story and is now cooperating with investigators. The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending.

JUNE 15, 11:48 p.m. — FELONIOUS ASSAULT:
The Huron Township Police Department responded to the 22000 block of Lafons Lane in reference to a Felonious Assault. A female victim fled to a neighbor’s residence and reported being strangled, punched and doused with lighter fluid with a threat to set her on fire. Multiple Huron Township Police Units responded to the scene and made entry into the suspect residence. The suspect, a 35-year old Huron Township resident was taken into custody pending charges from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The Huron Township Fire Department responded to the scene to give medical attention to the victim for her injuries.

An Officer with the Huron Township Police Department Traffic Services Unit was conducting stationary traffic enforcement in the area of I-275 and Huron River Drive. A traffic stop was initiated on a Chevrolet Cruze for speeding. The vehicle was found to be stolen out of Perrysburg, Ohio. Further investigation by patrol staff located several keys to multiple stolen vehicles inside the suspect vehicle and on his person. A 33-year-old Lansing man was taken into custody; the investigation is ongoing.

“This is just one example of the great work and need for our traffic services unit. Although perception is that it only about traffic citations, the truth is that they are putting together good investigations and making needed arrests throughout our community. This individual was clearly up to no good and fortunately our officer was in the right place at the right time to stop and criminal act before it had a chance to happen,” Robbins said.

Huron Township Firefighters and Police staff responded to the 31900 block of West Road for a report of a 78-year-old male who had fallen and was unconscious but breathing at the time of the call. Huron Township Officers and Firefighters worked as a team to perform CPR on the victim for several minutes. The victim was pronounced deceased at his residence.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. This one was personal to our staff and we wish it could have turned out differently.”

Pinnacle property to be discussed during special Wednesday morning board meeting

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted June 18, 2019

There will be a special board meeting Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at Township Hall to discuss the future of the Pinnacle property.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting.

The former live thoroughbred race track that used to operate at the site opened with a heap of excitement in the summer of 2008.

The track closed its doors in the fall of 2010 and, soon after, surrendered its horse racing license back to the State of Michigan.

The initial plan was to reopen the race course, but due to fiscal constraints, the owners decided to close permanently, sticking Huron Township with a $2.6 million unpaid tax bill at the time.

Since the closure of the track, there have been rumors of potential developments being brought to the site.

Wednesday’s meeting might provide answers to what the future might hold for the plot of land.


Photos: Pinnacle Racecourse demolition

American Legion in New Boston hosting 100-year anniversary on Saturday

Event posted by The Huron Hub on June 12, 2019

The American Legion Post 231 in New Boston will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary on Saturday June 15, 2019.

The veterans group will be hosting a special event and the public is invited.

Hours are 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The American Legion is located at 37060 Huron River Drive, New Boston.

The group is celebrating 100 years of the American Legion serving veterans from 1919 – 2019.

There will be a cake cutting followed by a whole host of American legion vendors/ supporters with their tables/booths making their services available.

Expect traffic backups on Middle Belt Road during resurfacing project

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted June 13, 2019 — 11:00 a.m. EST

Expect closures and traffic backups on Middle Belt Road in Huron Township beginning Friday.

A resurfacing project will begin on Middle Belt Road between King and Sibley Friday morning.

The two-day project will begin Friday, June 14, and will last from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The road will then re-open to traffic through the weekend and work will continue Monday, June 17, from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. (weather permitting).

Expect traffic delays on south and northbound Middle Belt Road.

Access to all businesses and residences will be held during paving within the location of that specified drive approach until the asphalt dries.

Cars will be instructed where to park or which detour routes to access businesses and residences until after project completion.

Please use caution when driving through work zones and follow the directions of the crew on site.

For more information contact the 24-hour customer service center at 1-888-ROAD-CREW for visit


Fourth of July festivities to be held at one-room school house in Waltz

Event posted by The Huron Hub on June 12, 2019

Celebrate Independence Day by joining the Huron Township Historical Commission for a community bike parade and old-fashioned ice cream social, along with other activities on July 4.

The commission will be hosting a variety of activities including touring the one-room school house, viewing and learning about antique and vintage bikes, touring the fire station and smoke house.

This event is free.

Participation in the parade is optional, but encouraged.

The parade will start at the Waltz Green Acres Sod Farm located at the corner of Ash and Waltz Roads at noon.

The parade will ride down Waltz and turn onto Mineral Springs to end at the One-Room Schoolhouse.

All activities will take place in the parking lot of the schoolhouse.

Registration forms are available online here or at the Township Hall located at 22950 Huron River Drive.

Here is a flyer for this event