2017-12-31 / Insight

Easiest prediction of 2018? Change at former Durakon site

810-452-2609 • adietderich@mihomepaper.com

The site of the former Durakon factory in Mayfield Township received a fair share of attention in 2017 – and from more than those who have to drive by the eyesore regularly.

First, in April, a woman named Kimberly Yob, consultant, Ada-based Shades of Green Consulting LLC, presented the idea of using the facility as a medical marijuana facility on behalf of her “clients.”

She never did say who her “clients” were, but didn’t have to as township officials effectively said “thanks, but no thanks” and decided to not draft local ordinance for medical marijuana – something that must be in place per new state medical marijuana laws that went into effect.

In September, Dana Miller, treasurer, Lapeer County, filed a petition of foreclosure on the former Durakon plant, 2101 N. Lapeer Rd., owned by T.K. Lapeer L.L.C.

If back taxes, penalties, and fees owed by T.K. Lapeer aren’t paid by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018, the facility and property will be owned by Lapeer County. The county would sell the property to recoup what the current owner owes.

When contacted via email by The County Press, T.K. Lapeer’s Kum Sadien said “we shall be coming shortly with a master plan for the site.”

In late October, Sadien released an artist’s rendering on a mixed-use industrial/ business park that he called the “first phase” of a redevelopment. He said he would appear before township officials “once we manage to make firm appointment and confirm flights.” It hasn’t happened as of press time.

What did happen, however, was a December presentation by Verdant Management Consulting L.L.C. – a company that presented the township board with yet another idea to turn the site into a medical marijuana grow and processing operation, and deliver up to 100 jobs. The company said it would spent a total of about $19.2 million to get the project up and running.

The project would still be dependent on township officials crafting ordinance to allow such operations in the township.

Board members did appear a bit more open to considering the idea than they had earlier in the year, however they asked for more time to further research the subject.

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