09-27-2018 Hartford Commissioners support zoning change for major I-94 corridor development; Pier sa

9/11 TRIBUTE… Hartford Fire Department Captain Mike Chappell joined the salute to the fallen heroes of 9/11 at Wings Stadium during the Kalamazoo Memorial Stair Climb. Participants climb the stadium steps in full turn-out gear to pay homage to those who lost their lives climbing to the 110th floor of the World Trade Center during the attack of 9/11. Climbers carry a “Never Forget” ID badge with the name and photo one of the first responders lost in the tragedy. Chappell also presented a cash donation from the Hartford Firefighters Association to the annual event. All proceeds support the National Fallen Firefighters Association.

Hartford Commissioners support zoning change for major I-94 corridor development

By Jon Bisnett

Hartford City Commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change recommendation at their September 24 Business Meeting from the Planning Commission that could spur major development near I-94.

The 111-acre parcel owned by John Faulkner will move from Agricultural to Commercial, paving the way for a multi-dimensional commercial development adjacent to the northeast exit off I-94.

The vision according to Faulkner would place single and multi-family housing around the focal point of a man-made lake, with hope of a major retailer, strip mall and perhaps two restaurants. While no conceptual site plan was available and no formal plans are in place, Faulkner was pleased to accomplish the first step of the process with positive support from local government.

While one development moves forward, the same cannot be said for developers seeking the City’s blessing on their application for a medical marijuana grow facility on a 5-acre leased property on the northwest end of Hartford Speedway Park.

After clearing the Planning Commission, the application from K.O.K. of Atlanta, Georgia has stalled indefinitely on the desk of the City Attorney citing incomplete information for background checks and a possible distance to schools issue wherein the required 1,000 feet may be debatable as to the property address and specific measurement method.


Bill Mears of Pride Care Ambulance visited to update the council on call activity for August with eight Priority I events running 7:28; six PII at 8:06 and four PIIIs timed at 11:12.