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More Property Groundwork for Holland BPW Plant Ahead


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - The loose strings are apparently getting tied up as it pertains to the proposed new Holland BPW plant.

Utility board members will be huddling behind closed doors for a portion of its biweekly meeting this afternoon to go over “property acquisition” issues that are not subject to the state’s Open Meetings Act. It is believed that more Offers of Just Compensation will be discussed involving the acquisition of the remaining parcels of property still outstanding in the vicinity of 5th Street and Fairbanks Avenue near Holland’s Eastern Gateway. That is the site of the planned natural gas-fueled power facility that could generate up to 140 megawatts of electricity when it goes online by the end of 2016, thanks to last week’s City Council affirmation of a 37.7 million-dollar purchase of two combustion turbine engines.

BPW officials are hopeful of beginning “land preparation” efforts after the Tulip Time festival, with ground breaking later this summer or this fall.