Local construction projects may point to better times ahead

There are a number of construction projects in various stages of completion around Tecumseh, reminders that the Michigan economy is slowly rebounding after Michigan was hit hard by the recession. Buttermilk condominiums is seeing an additional three buildings — or six units — built. Four have already been sold, according to Tecumseh Building Services Director and Building Inspector, Brad Raymond. Buttermilk condominiums is located at the corner of Brown Street and N. Occidental Hwy. O’Reilly Auto Parts purchased the property at 1202 W. Chicago Blvd., the former site of Hantz Financial Services next to McDonald’s. O’Reilly Auto Parts recently submitted plans for some elevation changes. “They’re slowly progressing,” said Raymond. “Corp-orate isn’t pressing too hard, but they have done a little bit of work.”McDonald’s remodeling will begin the first week of August and should be completed by the end of October, said Raymond. “They have a very aggressive schedule,” he said. The remodeling was originally supposed to occur last August, but the restaurant switched owners and caused the delay. Environmental work at Salsaria’s downtown location will begin shortly, according to Raymond. This is Salsaria’s second site, having one location in Adrian that has been in operation for over 21 years. Renovations continue on the second floor of J-Bar Hobbies downtown. Workers are turning the second floor into a residence. Bonner Hills, located on the city’s east side off Rogers Hwy. has two units currently being built. “I believe they’re putting up drywall — in the rough phases,” said Raymond. Chomp Burger, which had initially showed interest in purchasing the property the community garden currently occupies at 102 N. Maumee St., across from City Hall, has shown little interest in purchasing the property since the city listed it for sale at the May 5 Tecumseh City Council meeting.The property has a listing price of $165,000 and was appraised by Affinity Valuation at $131,000. It received a market value of $132,000 by Howard Hanna. “We’re assuming they are not interested in the property at this point,” said Tecumseh City Manager Kevin Welch. Originally, there was a provision in the agreement between Howard Hanna and the city that should Chomp Burger submit an offer to purchase the property within the first 30 days of the agreement, the commission would be reduced from 7 percent to 4 percent. Patrick Hoffman, one of the realtors listing the property said he has to make a follow-up call to Chomp Burger about the property.

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