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Huron Township welcomes new police officer

Officer Stewart (left) with Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety

Posted by The Huron Hub | June 9, 2021

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety welcomed a new police officer to the ranks this week.

Officer Timothy Stewart was sworn in by State Rep. Darrin Camilleri on June 7.

Below is a post with photos from the swearing-in ceremony posted by the Huron Township Department of Public Safety.


Wrong-way driver dies in head-on crash on I-94 in Van Buren Township

Posted by The Huron Hub | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 — 8:15 a.m.

A wrong-way driver was killed early Wednesday morning after crashing head-on into another car on I-94 in Van Buren Township.

Michigan State Police said at 2:35 a.m., MSP 911 received information of a wrong way driver from Romulus dispatch.

The driver was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-94.

The vehicle, a 1973 Buick, struck a 2021 Kia head on.

The at-fault driver was killed in the crash.

The driver of the Kia, a 19-year-old male, and the passenger, a 22-year-old female, were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Investigation is continuing into the crash. The at fault driver has not been identified.


MDOT project will rebuild, repair 24 miles of I-275 from Will Carleton Road to 6 Mile Road


By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB
Posted Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Get ready to see the orange construction barrels on I-275 soon.

Construction on I-275 in western Wayne County is expected to get started in late June/early July.

MDOT announced in February plans to repair and rebuild 24 miles of I-275 in Wayne County in six phases over three years.

The massive I-275 construction project will span from Will Carleton Road in Huron Township north to 6 Mile Road, and will affect commuters who use both directions of the freeway.

The project includes ten miles of concrete pavement repairs, 14 miles of rebuilding concrete pavement, asphalt resurfacing of four interchanges, and rebuilding concrete pavement of parts or all of six interchanges.

MDOT said the project also includes improving 65 bridges and a retaining wall, drainage improvements, sign replacements, traffic signal modernizations, intelligent transportation system (ITS) improvements, sidewalk improvements that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and tree replacements.

Additionally, a segment of the Metro Trail will be rebuilt to replace an adjacent retaining wall.


Planning commission to vote on lifting moratorium on future warehouse development at Pinnacle property

HURON HUB FILE PHOTO

Posted Monday, June 7, 2021

The Huron Township Planning Commission will vote during a meeting on Monday to lift a moratorium placed on future warehouse development at the Pinnacle property on the northern edge of the township.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston.

If the planning commission decides to lift the moratorium, the decision will then go to the Huron Board of Trustees for approval.

Below is a statement from the township emailed to The Huron Hub from the clerk’s office, regarding the background on the projects at the Pinnacle property.

Link to statement

Proposed Pinnacle Development Overview

Background

Huron Township, Michigan – Hillwood/Sterling Group

In August 2019, Huron Township (“Township”) was presented with the opportunity to have two, substantially-sized buildingsbuilt on the 600-acre property known as the Pinnacle property. The Township Planning Commission and Township Board approved these building with the understanding that there would be a moratorium placed on future warehouse/distribution buildings in the PDD and I-1 Districts. The rationale for this approach was to “slow down” in order to better understand and address the communities’ concern around truck traffic and other impacts prior to additional approvals for warehouse and distribution uses.

In late 2020, the owners of the Pinnacle property were approached by Home Depot with interest to build a distribution facility at the property. The property owners approached the Township with this information and worked together to discuss the potential positive and negative impacts of such a project and to see if there was a way that it could be beneficial for both the Township and the property owners.

The issues that the Township identified regarding warehouse development generally were regarding: 1) truck traffic, 2) the desire to attract quality retail/commercial development to create a mixed-use environment, 3) the image of Sibley Road and 4) the preference to attract a manufacturing operation to the site.

After extensive and very constructive discussions, the Township representatives and property owners identified an excitingsolution that not only address the issues raised by the community and Township, but one that could actually create greater opportunity economic and recreational for the areagenerally. The idea was to strike a balance between allowing a quality warehouse development at the Pinnacle property while also creating enhanced benefits for the Township.

Strategy

A holistic approach was employed by Township representatives,the development team, and transportation engineers in order to study Township concerns, and respond to them, while simultaneously attracting more desirable commercial activity. It was noted on multiple occasions that, despite local ordinances and restrictions, truck traffic can originate from surrounding communities and is not exclusively sourced from within the Township. Consequently, it became clear that through strategic design with sound planning principles, a multitude of goals could be achieved.

After significant study and analysis, the concept of a revised, well-designed Sibley Road boulevard was put forth as a solution that will have the ability to address the issues previously outlined by the Township. These benefits include:1) General Benefits – Sibley Road Boulevard Re-Designa. The current design for the boulevard is essentially a Class A, truck route. The proposed boulevard re-design would discourage truck traffic and allow for a more commercial/retail/pedestrian friendly environment.b. Wayne County is agreeable to this re-design approach.Costs for the re-design and construction will be borne by developer and Wayne County. Huron Township will not be responsible for such costs. Initial discussions between the County and the developer are occurring, however, timing of design and construction and costs therefore will be determined once the Township can commit to lift its moratorium.2) Functional Benefits – Sibley Road Boulevard Re-Designa. Slower vehicle speeds and limited turnaround capability will deter truck trafficb. Safer for motorists and pedestriansc. Slower speeds, improved efficiency/site visibility will serve as a catalyst to attract quality mixed-use/retail uses like hotels and restaurants that have been sought after in the Township and deter “low end” retail prospectsd. Enhance the image of Sibley Road and create a Huron Township “gateway experience” from I-2753) Truck Traffica. Implementing sound design strategies that have positive, practical implications (i.e. limited boulevard turnaround dimensions, smaller scale lane width, pedestrian crossings, aesthetic design improvements, etc.) is more effective than trying to solve truck traffic concerns via restrictions (i.e. No left Turn, No Trucks Permitted, etc.)b. The proposed design will allow for increased, quality warehouse/distribution development while focusing truck traffic away from areas of concern to the community and Township.4) Additional Benefits and Points of Information – Home Depot/Sibley Road Boulevard Re-Designa. Permitting the new Home Depot and associated boulevard enhancements could allow for an LDFA to be created that, in turn, could finance the desired grade alignment at Pennsylvania Road.b. The moratorium would only be removed from the PDD District and would remain in the I-1 Light Industrial and I-2 Heavy Industrial Districts. Trucking or warehousing would still not be permitted anywhere else in the Township.c. A manufacturing user may generate the same, if not more traffic and impact, than this Home Depotfacility. In addition, manufacturing can request a PA 198 Tax Abatement which would likely reduce, or eliminate the ability for an LDFA.

Conclusion

The 2019 moratorium placed on future warehouse/distribution buildings in the PDD and I-1 Districts made logical sense for stakeholders at that time. The moratorium period has allowed for significant deliberation, analysis and study regarding all of the concerns that have been shared previously. During this time new information and opportunity has emerged that allows for a unique alignment of opportunities that can result in a true “win-win” for everyone. The proposed Home Depot facility can serve as a catalyst for a redesigned Sibley Road Boulevard (at no cost to Huron Township) which will result in: improved traffic patterns in the area, an attractive and upgraded image which will help to attract quality retailers, and an improved tax base for the community.


Fiorelli’s Restaurant Collection in Flat Rock is hiring

Image courtesy of Fiorelli’s Restaurant Collection

Letter to editor posted Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Fiorelli’s Restaurant Collection is now hiring

Come join our team! We are now hiring front and back of house employees.

If you are not familiar with us, we are in downtown Flat Rock. We were established in 1975 and offer several traditions including delicious food and great service. The original Fiorelli’s building has grown to include three different types of venues to create lasting memories.  

Salute Special Events – A catering and banquet room, open 7 days a week 

The ROC Restaurant and Wine Bar – Offers an intimate, fine dining experience

Wize Guys Bistro – Our sports bar and patio welcomes guests with a full bar, 16 draft beers, and a casual menu that includes our famous, homemade pizza. Live music on the weekends.

We are interested in hiring energetic and reliable employees to fill the following full and part time positions:

Front of House ​​​​Back of House

Servers – Banquet / Restaurant ​​Pizza / Grill / Prep Cook

Bartender ​​​​​Banquet Chef 

Host​​​​​​Sandwich / Salad Maker

Food Runner​​​​​Dishwasher

​​​​​​Prep Work

If you are 16 years or older and are interested in one of the positions listed above, please send your resume to banquets@fiorellis.com. You can also visit us at 26123 E Huron River Drive, Flat Rock, to complete an application on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, between 10 am and 5pm.

We look forward to meeting you soon.  

Salute!

Fiorelli’s Restaurant Collection


Broken pipe causes Washago Pond in Willow Metropark to drain

Washago Pond, seen here dry of most of its water, was inadvertently drained recently when a pipe broke. The pond is located inside Willow Metropark in New Boston and is a popular location for visitors. Staff are currently evaluating the situation.
(Photos courtesy of Jack Nellie)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | May 24, 2021

A broken pipe caused Washago Pond in Willow Metropark to drain last week.

The pond drained into the Huron River, according to a Metropark spokesperson.

“I can confirm that a pipe beneath the water that is part of the control structure at Washago Pond developed a leak and drained the pond. The water drained through the Regan Drain to the Huron River. The structure is considered a low hazard dam due to the fact any failure would not have an impact on people or other properties,” said Danielle Mauter, chief of marketing and communications for Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

Mauter said park staff are evaluating the situation and will provide updates on the pond as they are available.

The pond is a popular location for park visitors. The location offers boat rentals and areas where visitors can fish.


Michigan to lift COVID-19 outdoor capacity limits on June 1, increase indoor capacity to 50%

Posted by The Huron Hub—Thursday, May 20, 2021

Gov. Whitmer announced Thursday morning that on June 1, all outdoor COVID-19 capacity limits will be lifted.

Additionally, indoor capacity limits will be increased to 50%.

Whitmer said that when the CDC changed its guidance on mask wearing, state officials went back to the drawing board to change the MI Vacc to Normal plan.

On July 1, the mask mandate and gatherings order will be lifted and there will no longer be any broad mitigation measures during the pandemic, Whitmer said.

Currently, Michigan is at 56.8% of Michiganders, 4,600,119 people, with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. It’s increased only 1.8% in the past 10 days.

Initially, the state had tied reopening to vaccination rates, with four different benchmarks.

It was going to take 70% of Michiganders vaccinated before the order was lifted. That changed with the CDC guidance.

“The vaccine is the best way to keep you and your family and the most vulnerable among us safe from COVID-19,” Whitmer said at a press conference on Thursday.


Near record high temperatures possible this weekend

Sunrise captured Sept. 15, 2021 in Huron Township. (File photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

Posted by The Huron Hub—Wednesday, May 19, 2021

It’s going to get hot around here.

Forecasters are calling for near record high temperatures this weekend.

Warm air continues to build mid-week as highs reach the lower 80s in most locations on Wednesday.

After highs in the mid 80s Thursday, temps push into the upper 80s by Friday.

Record highs are in the lower 90s and normal highs are in the lower 70s for mid May.

Near record warmth continues through the weekend while humidity and heat index remain modest through the period.


Tiffany’s on the River announces closure due to pandemic


By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB
Posted Monday, May 17, 2021

Huron Township has lost another restaurant.

The second restaurant in a week has announced on social media that they are closing for good.

Tiffany’s on the River, 37005 Huron River Drive, announced late last week that they are closing for good due to the pandemic.

May 16 was their last day in business.

Here are their posts on social media explaining their closure:

This is the second business that Huron Township has lost within the last week.

On May 10, The Waltz Inn, a longtime restaurant in the village of Waltz, also announced they would no longer be open for business.