2017-06-18 / News

Plans reviewed for STC industrial park improvements

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter


Leading a pack, Tabitha Norris (left) and her mom, Becky Norris, guide one of the groups of St. Charles Elementary School cyclists on their Saginaw Valley Rail Trail expedition. Landry Gomez is close behind them on the left. Maddalyn Hopkins is further back. 
Photos by Jeanne Marcello Leading a pack, Tabitha Norris (left) and her mom, Becky Norris, guide one of the groups of St. Charles Elementary School cyclists on their Saginaw Valley Rail Trail expedition. Landry Gomez is close behind them on the left. Maddalyn Hopkins is further back. Photos by Jeanne Marcello VILLAGE OF ST. CHARLES – Spicer Group project manager John Olson, P.E. addressed the St. Charles Village Council during the June 14, providing an update on engineering activities, including plans for industrial park improvements.

Olson estimated the cost of turning Martin Road and Entrepreneur Drive into all-season roads at $2.3 million. Knowing that exceeds the project budget, he made recommendations on bringing the cost down.

Olson believes curb and gutter are not needed in this location and suggested saving money by making Martin a heavy-duty road, but not all season. He talked about milling an inch and onehalf and beefing up the shoulders.


Hanging out in Coal Miners’ Park are St. Charles Elementary School students Easton Hafner, Nikki Zelinko and Jacob Zyrowski. The students visited the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail and the park on the last day of school on Thursday, June 15. Hanging out in Coal Miners’ Park are St. Charles Elementary School students Easton Hafner, Nikki Zelinko and Jacob Zyrowski. The students visited the Saginaw Valley Rail Trail and the park on the last day of school on Thursday, June 15. “We wanted to get it to the edge of the funeral home [to encourage further development in the industrial park],” Olson explained.

With these changes, he estimates the cost would be $870,000 based upon prices right now, which are very high. That would include streetlights.

“If we do some strategic bidding, we should be able to bring the cost down,” Olson said.

St. Charles Village Manager Matthew Lane explained the industrial park project has its own Local Development Financing Authority (LDFA).

Lane said, “We wanted to use the remaining funds to do street and lighting upgrades in the park.” Currently, the industrial park funds are approximately $700,000. We have about two more years to go.”

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