Council approves resolutions for Tim Hortons site

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Tecumseh City Council adopted two resolutions on Tuesday for the Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shop construction project at 901 W. Chicago Blvd. The building project is scheduled to begin this month with anticipated opening of the new business in Dec-ember. The site is located next to Speedway and was formerly Clothesline Laundry.

No comments were received or presented at Tuesday’s public hearing prior to council’s unanimous support of the two resolutions: a Brownfield Redevelopment Plan and a Development Reim-bursement Agreement.

The resolutions provide details of the work to be done on the property, and establish the site for TIF (Tax Increment Financing) to help fund any extraordinary costs that would not have occurred if the location were a “green property,” said City Manager Kevin Welch. TIF is a method of capturing gains in taxes to subsidize a property’s improvement, although it is typically used for redevelopment projects involving public infrastructure.

In other news from city council:

• The challenges for a developer in securing financing for the purchase and redevelopment of the Tecumseh Community Center on E. Chicago Boulevard have lead the city to open all options for the facility, including keeping the building for its own use. Welch said the city has worked for nearly 12 months with the developer.

• Dedication of the new Tecumseh Community Center, currently under construction at Smith Park on N. Evans Street, will be delayed to January 17, 2013, when an open house will be held.

• City Manager Kevin Welch will participate along with others from Tecumseh in the United Day of Action on Sept. 14. An exchange with officials from Adrian will have Tecumseh representatives traveling to the Maple City to help work on a pedestrian bridge project, while their counterparts may be coming here to help collect trash.

• Request for Proposals (RFP) has been sent out to collect bids on moving the historic hillside-receiving vault at Brookside Cemetery. Plans include moving the stone façade from the current vault’s location and storing it somewhere on the cemetery property. The façade could be used for a future building project, Welch said.

• Council approved a two-year extention of operating hours of the city’s business offices at city hall. Current hours are Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Council adopted a resolution to apply for a beer and wine licnese for use during 2013 at up to 12 city-sponsored events at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. The application will be sent to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. The license was used this past year at the TCA with no problems, Welch said.

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