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LDFA votes to support Wayne County’s RFQ process for sale, development of Pinnacle property

The abandoned Pinnacle Racecourse sits vacant in this 2014 photo by Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub.


Published Tuesday, July 23, 2019 

Editor’s note: The chances of development at the vacant Pinnacle property at the north end of the township could be moving forward sooner than later. 

Below is a press release from the Huron Township Local Development Finance Authority regarding the group’s unanimous vote to support Wayne County’s Request For Qualification process to sell and develop the Pinnacle property.

According to the press release, the buyers for the property consist of The Sterling Group, a Detroit based equity firm, and Hillwood, a Texas based developer who is part of the Perot Company. Hillwood is a large-scale global development firm with industrial and residential experience. The Sterling Group, according to their website, partners with management teams to grow and build winning businesses in the industrial sector.

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

To view The Huron Hub’s complete coverage of the Pinnacle property, including the defunct race track through the recently announced proposed development, please visit this archive on HuronHub.com.

–Scott Bolthouse


RFQ Process Holds Hope for Pinnacle Property in Huron Township, MI

Source: Huron Township LDFA

Huron Township, MI, July 23, 2019 – The Pinnacle area property in Huron Township has sat vacant for the past nine years due to the closure of the racecourse and unpaid taxes. In a similar situation in Trenton with the old McLouth Steel property, Wayne County has stepped up again to try and secure a development plan.

Like the Trenton process, once taxes go unpaid, the property can either go to auction or proceed with a right of refusal first going to the State, then the Township and then Wayne County for purchase.

Being proactive, Wayne County sent out request for quotes (RFQ) to nine hundred and ninety-six developers and received only two bids. After the second bid was discarded because of financial requirements the remaining bid is being taken seriously.

The Huron Township Local Development Finance Authority holds 320 acres in the Pinnacle area or LDFA2 within its jurisdiction.

Wafa Dinaro, Wayne County Deputy Director of Capital Development indicated that the offer included $4.8 million purchase price which included the 320 acres held by the LDFA2/Pinnacle AeroPark and 330 acres held by Wayne County. $4.8 million is owed in back taxes.

“They have a September deadline to avoid auction.” Said Dinar. “The buyers have a plan right now for a mixed use development including commercial, office, hotel, restaurant and retail.” The percentage of Industrial to Commercial business in this mix use is still in the works.

Wayne County Economic Development, Executive Director Khalil Rahal said. “We will do everything possible to prevent an auction. With these projects it is important to know who you are dealing with and building relationships to hold development accountable for what the public wants.”

Other benefits of working with a developer include timelines, strict workforce development requirements and use of local contractors. With the Huron Township LDFA ability to help the new developer with infrastructure, it’s a win-win situation when the development brings jobs and tax dollars to a vacant property.

The buyers for this property consist of The Sterling Group, a Detroit based equity firm and Hillwood, a Texas based developer who is part of the Perot Company. Hillwood is a large-scale global development firm with major industrial and residential experience. Their portfolio is extensive and upscale, see their website https://www.hillwood.com/. The Hillwood group has also taken it upon themselves to hold a public meeting and asking the residents what would they like to see built on the property. They used those comments to adjust their original proposal for the site.

The LDFA trustees voted on July 17 to support the Wayne County RFQ process moving forward and the motion passed unanimously.

“Not only do we believe we have the properties, we have the service and support businesses needed to relocate in our beautiful township.” Said R.P. Lilly, LDFA Chairman. “Companies are amazed how easy our group are to work with.” The LDFA 1 and LDFA 2 parcels are convenient to Detroit Metro Airport, major expressways and railways.

For more information visit the web site www.hurontwpldfa.com , www.twitter.com/hurontwpldfa and video can be found at www.youtube.com/hurontwpldfa


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Waltz Road Bridge reopens Monday morning

Cutting the ribbon to the reopened Waltz Road Bridge is Supervisor David Glaab, who was joined by Executive Warren C. Evans, Commissioner Al Haidous, Wayne County staff and community leaders during an opening ceremony Monday morning. (Photos courtesy of Wayne County)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted June 3, 2019 — 11 a.m. EST

The most anticipated day in recent history in Huron Township has arrived.

After being closed for over two years, the Waltz Road Bridge in downtown New Boston is reopen for traffic.

“While the bridge replacement project imposed significant challenges for local businesses and served as an impediment for local traffic, it is now time to reap the long-term benefits of this significant infrastructure investment in our community,” said Huron Township Supervisor David Glaab in a statement about the opening of the bridge.

A ribbon cutting was hosted by the township at the bridge Monday morning.

Wayne County closed the former 93-year-old bridge on June 1, 2017 after an inspection found the bridge bearings had deteriorated to the point that it was deemed unsafe to keep open.

In the statement, Glaab credited County Commissioner Al Haidous, County Executive Warren Evans and his DPS Director Beverly Watts working with the township to secure a timely replacement of the bridge.

Glaab, Evans and Haidous go for the first ride across the bridge. (Photos: Wayne County)

“The new bridge was carefully designed to include a pedestrian walkway as well as a bicycle lane that connects with the very popular Lower Huron Metropark hike/bike trails,” Glaab said.

At night, the bridge will be a bright spot in town.

“The architectural light fixtures will not only illuminate the roadway, but add a charming accent to the understructure as well,” Glaab said.

Toebe Construction, LLC of Wixom, was awarded the contract to reconstruct the Waltz Road Bridge in August 2018.

For more, check out the Huron Hub’s coverage of the bridge closure and construction project:


Waltz Road Bridge opening ceremony set for Monday morning

There will be an opening ceremony on Monday at 8 a.m. for the much anticipated Waltz Road Bridge, seen here, in an overhead photo shot from a drone. (Photo courtesy of Michael Roberts)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted May 29, 2019 — 5:00 p.m. EST

There will be an opening ceremony on Monday morning for the Waltz Road Bridge.

The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. at the bridge and the public is invited to attend, according to Supervisor David Glaab’s office.

It was announced last week that the bridge was scheduled to open on June 3.

The county closed the former 100-year-old bridge on June 1, 2017 after an inspection found the bridge bearings had deteriorated to the point that it was deemed unsafe to keep open.

Toebe Construction, LLC of Wixom, was awarded the contract to reconstruct the Waltz Road Bridge in August 2018.

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Photos: Huron elementary students honor veterans with art display at Michigan Memorial Park


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted May 25, 2019 — 6 p.m. EST

Elementary students at Brown and Miller schools in the Huron District created artwork that is currently on display at the entrance of Michigan Memorial Park.

About 1,000 pieces of patriotic-themed artwork is on display at the park from May 25 through early June during “Art in the Park” exhibit to honor U.S. military veterans.

More: Huron students honor veterans with ‘Art in the Park’ display at Michigan Memorial Park

Below: photos of the artwork. (Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


New Boston Girl Scout earns Gold Award after building press box for Huron High School

Sydney Ziegler of New Boston built a press box for Huron High School’s softball program, allowing them to be able to host district competitions, and earning her the Girl Scout’s Gold Award. (Photo courtesy Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted May 23, 2019 — 11:30 a.m. EST

Sydney Ziegler of New Boston was recently honored by Girls Scouts of Southeastern Michigan with the Gold Award for her contribution to the Huron community.

Ziegler, 16, built a press box for Huron High School’s softball program, allowing the teams to be eligible to host district competitions.

She was among 25 total scouts who were honored by the organization with the prestigious award.

“Gold Award Girl Scouts are change agents who show leadership and citizenship skills that help them stand out among their peers by making a sustainable impact in their communities,” a statement from Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan said.

Ziegler said her Gold Award project helped her to grow as a leader and to accomplish a goal.

“Through my Gold Award project, I learned how to show leadership to get something done,” said Ziegler, an 11th grade student at Huron High School. “The Press Box will benefit so many athletes and visitors and I really enjoyed completing my project while being able to and help others.”

Zeigler said she wanted a press box that would be available for use during the school season for her school’s team, but also benefit the community.

She worked with the Sportsmans Club and Huron Rotary Club to raise donations and nail-down the labor needed to build and paint the press box.

The recently completed project will benefit high school, middle school, little league, and travel teams in Huron.

The press box also gives organizations the opportunity to host clinics or tournaments at the location.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Denise Dalrymple, chief executive officer of GSSEM. “They saw a need in their communities and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership are making the world a better place.”

According to a study by the Girl Scout Research Institute on the impact of the Gold Award, awarded Girl Scouts display more positive life outcomes than non–Girl Scout alums, including having a positive sense of self and greater life satisfaction, leadership, community service, and civic engagement.

Some universities and colleges even offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievement.


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Community groups hosting Memorial Day ceremony downtown on May 26


Posted by The Huron Hub May 23, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. EST
Post updated May 23, 2019 — 12:15 p.m.

The Huron Township Rotary, American Legion and Historical Commission are hosting a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial in downtown New Boston On May 26.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m.

Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.


71st annual St. Stephen Polish Festival set for May 17–19

In this photo, children are having a blast on a carnival ride at a past St. Stephen Polish Festival. The 2019 festival marks the church’s 71st year hosting the New Boston annual tradition and will be held May 17 through 19. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub |
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 8, 2019 — 1:00 p.m. EST

It’s a springtime tradition in New Boston.

The St. Stephen Polish Festival is set for May 17 through 19.

This year marks the church’s 71st year hosting the spring festival in the community.

The festival is on the campus of St. Stephen Catholic Church, 18858 Huron River Drive, New Boston.

Bands will play and there will be dancing all weekend long inside the festival’s music tent.

Photos from past festivals by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub 

All festival weekend there will be dinners, bingo, craft show, carnival rides, kid’s game tent, white elephant tent, Polish foods, 50/50 & basket raffles.

Polish Mass is held on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with Mike Carey.

Visit ststephennewboston.org for exact hours and band lineups for each day.

Here is a flyer for the event