CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI-A rural area near the Macomb County Jail and Sheriff’s Office is undergoing a mini building boom. The area in the township–west of Groesbeck Highway and across Elizabeth Road from the Macomb County Jail and Sheriff’s Office–has had several office and industrial buildings constructed in the past couple of years, with three being built and more expected in years to come.

“This entire area has improved tremendously as far as I’m concerned,” says attorney Ron March, who owns and works out of a one-year-old building on Elizabeth, directly across from the jail. “This area is a reflection of the county. It’s rounding out nicely.”

Marsh bought the parcel and moved into an old house on the property six years ago. Two years ago, he decided to raze the house and construct a building after seeing a new BP gas station and Tubby’s submarine sandwich shop open at the corner of Elizabeth and Groesbeck.

In addition to the office buildings, several industrial buildings have been constructed behind the office buildings, such as Huron Acoustic and Huron Wholesale Supply. A half-dozen industrial buildings line Starks Drive, which runs west off Groesbeck and ends at the rear of the office buildings. Starks has space for several more to be built moving toward Groesbeck.

An architecturally pleasing Clinton Township fire station with nicely landscaped property recently opened on Elizabeth, across from Saint Peter’s Cemetery. Several factors in recent years contributed to the area’s development:

* A dispute between a prior property owner and the state Department of Environmental Quality was resolved.

* Access to sewers was added a few years ago.

* Hall Road was widened.

“Things started to happen in that area after Hall Road was improved,” says Steve Cassin, Macomb County director of planning and economic development. “It has provided easy access to the area” for trucks going to and from the industrial businesses. Clinton has few large open spaces left to develop, he adds.

Carlo Santia, township planning director, notes the cost of the land probably was relatively low for its good location. He says developers in the past may have shied away from the area because of the jail and cemetery but have realized the area’s quality.

The area also is slated for residential development. Farther north on Elizabeth, an approximately 20-acre parcel has been rezoned from industrial to residential for condominiums that are expected to be price in the $150,000-$200,000 range, Santia says.

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