DEXTER, MI – The outdated phrase “it takes a village” hasn’t utilized to Dexter in seven years.
The previous village 9 miles northwest of Ann Arbor formally grew to become a metropolis in 2014 after its inhabitants greater than doubled because the flip of the twenty first century. With a present estimated inhabitants of 6,554 per census data, the brand new metropolis wanted extra employees to handle the inflow of residents, mentioned Justin Breyer, Dexter’s clerk and interim metropolis supervisor.
That expanded employees is cramped inside a second-floor workplace atop the PNC Financial institution on Foremost Road, Breyer mentioned. To alleviate this, Dexter is closing in on a brand new and far bigger metropolis corridor in an outdated village landmark.
Metropolis Council will vote to finalize its $1.9-million buy of a brand new metropolis workplace house at 3515 Broad St. throughout a particular assembly Wednesday, June 9.
The house is called the “outdated grain mill.” Initially opened for enterprise by 50 native farmers in 1920, the mill was purchased in 2011 by well being care software program startup MedHub Inc., which made sufficient enhancements to the inside to persuade Dexter to buy it for metropolis use, Breyer mentioned.
“The inside of the constructing appears to be like actually nice, and there’s been some huge cash invested to make it look very nice,” he mentioned. “Now we simply should make it perform the best way that we would want it to.”
The paperwork underneath evaluate Wednesday could be discovered here. The town would verify $2.5 million in bond gross sales to boost cash for the acquisition, changes to buying paperwork to replicate the ultimate supply value, executing the closing on the constructing and exploring subsequent steps within the constructing’s improvement.
The property consists of two buildings with an space of greater than 13,500 sq. ft and 30 on-site parking areas. This meets the house calls for of the brand new employees, Breyer mentioned.
“The present house has been outgrown,” he mentioned. “It has solely gotten extra cramped.”
Metropolis Council voted 5-1 on Could 24 to approve the sale of $2.5 million in bonds to Chelsea State Financial institution for the acquisition. Of that, $1.5 million is getting used for the acquisition, with the remainder going towards “capital enhancements,” Breyer mentioned. The town additionally will use $400,000 from its basic fund, in response to metropolis paperwork.
Metropolis attorneys have been in a position to negotiate the constructing’s value down by $80,000 for additional wiggle room for enhancements, Breyer added.
“This could be issues like putting in an elevator, modifying the steps and the entryway to actually make it a purposeful house for metropolis places of work,” he mentioned.
The bonds received’t be launched to the town till June 17, which means the ultimate closing received’t occur till at the least June 28, in response to metropolis paperwork. The contracting and enchancment initiatives will take “a pair months,” Breyer mentioned, which means a shift from the outdated places of work to the brand new received’t occur till late summer season or early fall.
There may be an enhancements proposal pending from Companions in Structure, a Mt. Clemens-based agency, that was accepted by Metropolis Council on Feb. 22. That plan must be seen as a place to begin, Breyer mentioned.
“That’s just about an architect’s preliminary rendering,” he mentioned, “slightly than a form of closing web site or design plan.”
Wednesday’s Metropolis Council assembly begins at 6 p.m., and knowledge on attend nearly could be discovered here.
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