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Sturgis to get new businesses

April 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Two noteworthy plans were reviewed and approved Tuesday by the Sturgis Planning Commission.

Plans for a potential Meijer store, at 1170 S. Centerville Road, and a Culver’s restaurant on South Centerville Road between Magnolia Avenue and Elm Street, were approved by the panel.

Meijer representatives presented their plan for a 195,000-square-foot store, outlining several entry points to the parking lot and traffic flow expectations for patrons and delivery trucks.

The potential store also has plans for a drive-up pharmacy and a 12-pump gas station and convenience store.

A special-land-use request for the potential Meijer gas station was recommended by the commission. The store would likely open in 2016.

Meanwhile, a site plan presented by officials from Culver’s restaurant. It is expected to open by the end of the year.

County Transportation seeks millage renewal

April 11, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority is seeking approval for a millage-request renewal in August.

During Thursday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners’ executive committee meeting, CTA director Steve Yorks said the request would ask for renewal of 0.33 mills for a four-year period.

Committee members recommended the request appears before the board during its twice-a-month meeting Tuesday.

After it was established by voter approval in 2007, the millage was renewed by a 2-to-1 margin in 2010 for four years. Yorks said the 0.33 mills this year generated about $622,000 for the countywide transportation service.

The St. Joseph County Road Commission is expected to place a millage renewal before county voters during the August vote, as well.

Meijer looking to build in Sturgis

April 8, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Meijer grocery chain has confirmed it is looking into a new store in Sturgis.

Later this month, the Sturgis Planning Commission will review site plans provided by the store regarding a site at South Centerville Road and West South Street. The location is north of the Sturgis Walmart.

Preliminary plans call for a building just under 200,000-square-feet, though its size is subject to change depending on discussions at the planning commission’s April 15 meeting.

City manager Mike Hughes said departments such as engineering, police and fire will review the plans and offer recommendations based on their evaluations.

The site plan must meet access, zoning and green space requirements set by the city in order to be approved.

Unemployment rate decreases

April 7, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

February’s unemployment rate in St. Joseph County decreased by one-tenth of a percent compared to a month earlier.

The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 6.8 percent February unemployment rate was more than January’s 6.9 percent.

February’s unemployment rate was 1.3 percent less than the same month one year earlier, when the figure was 8.1 percent.

St. Joseph County remained below the state unemployment average, which was 8.5 percent in February.

The agency said job gains in manufacturing, and support staff in the education sector continuing to be recalled to work following Christmas break helped keep the February unemployment rate steady from the previous month.

At 6.5 percent, Kalamazoo County had the region’s lowest unemployment rate in February, while Van Buren County had the highest, with 10 percent.

New business in Sturgis

March 27, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Culver’s won’t be the only new restaurant in Sturgis this year.

Company officials from Wings Etc. announced they plan to open a location there by the end of 2014.

According to a company press release, project planning has been in progress for many months. There has been no location decided yet for the grill and pub. Wings Etc. is a sports bar that, as its name implies, specializes in chicken wings.

The company is headquartered in Mishawaka, Ind. Its closest location currently is in Portage. In addition to Indiana and Michigan Wings Etc. has stores in Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina.

Unemployment rate unchanged

March 25, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The January unemployment rate in St. Joseph County was unchanged compared to a month earlier.

The monthly labor-market analysis by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget showed St. Joseph County’s 6.9 percent January unemployment rate was equal to December’s figure.

January’s unemployment rate was 1.7 percent less than the same month one year earlier, when the figure was 8.6 percent.

St. Joseph County remained below the state unemployment average, which was 8.1 percent in January.

January saw cuts in the seasonal, retail-job sector. In addition, employment in education declined due to the two-week Christmas break, according to the agency.

At 6 percent, Kalamazoo County had the region’s lowest unemployment rate in January, while Van Buren County had the highest, with 9.4 percent.

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