HOLLAND TWP., MI (WHTC) - Are their concerns justified, or are they airing NIMBY complaints?
That question could be posed among those opposing a proposed truck stop on land at the southeast corner of the Adams Street/I-196 junction. The Holland Township Planning Commission will allow limited public comment during its scheduled meeting this evening, and those against the building of a 10 million-dollar complex on 13 acres are expected to air their views, citing safety, crime and environmental concerns.
Last month, the commission approved without public comment a preliminary site plan put forward by Love’s Travel Stops and Country Store, a nationwide chain, saying that residents already had their chance to comment at an earlier public hearing that was sparsely attended. Those residents aired their complaints about being shut out at a subsequent Township board meeting, and Trustees instructed all township panels to allow public comment under time guidelines.
Officials of Love’s say that the purchase of the land should be complete by the end of the month, and have targeted an opening in 18 months. If built, the facility is expected to compete with the Tulip City Truck Stop off of M-40 for travelers’ business.