(Holland, MI - WHTC News) - It wouldn’t have happened like this 10 years ago.
Annexation was a dirty word then between the City of Holland and Fillmore Township, as the Tulip City claimed more than four thousand acres from its southern neighbor during the 1990’s for a variety of reasons, mostly to do with access to BPW water and sewer service that the city had and the township didn’t. Petition drives, lawsuits, and general ill will came as a result.
Now, the two communities are working together to transfer land for a lithium-ion battery-making plant project. Last night, the Holland City Council and the Fillmore Township Board separately agreed to moving 50 acres in the Waverly Road-40th Street area into the city to help accommodate LG Chem’s proposed facility. In exchange, the township gets the property taxes for the acreage for the next 15 years, while parts of the township along Blue Star Highway can connect to BPW water lines at the township’s expense.
The Holland Planning Commission today considers a request to rezone the land, which is seen as one of the final hurdles before construction on the 303 million-dollar, 650 thousand square-foot plant can begin this summer.
-Gary Stevens, WHTC/WYVN News