Lawsuits, hotels, graduation and more: revisiting the latest ticker news
Remember this story The ticker posted last November on new hotels in the Township of East Bay? Or the high-stakes lawsuit between several wineries and Peninsula Township? Well, things have changed when it comes to a lot of Ticker’s recent stories. So we’re here today to provide you with the latest scoops on a handful of news stories we’ve covered over the past six months.
Continuation of the cellar
Last fall, the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) filed a lawsuit against the Township of Peninsula in federal court, alleging that the townships’ zoning ordinances unfairly restrict their business activities. In February, a judge recommended that the parties continue with mediation and Protect the Peninsula (PTP), a rights group, intervened as a co-defendant.
WOMP lawyer Joseph Infante recounts The ticker the cellars “tried to mediate [with the township] but did not succeed.
“The wineries have filed a motion for partial summary judgment over the pre-emption issues of state law and the parties are currently aware,” said Infante, referring to nine township zoning provisions (including rules prohibiting wineries from operating restaurants and requiring them to close. 9:30 p.m.) which WOMP says are “preempted” by the Michigan Liquor Control Code. “The court has not scheduled a hearing, so we do not know when the matter will be submitted to the court,” adds Infante.
Gregory Meihn, the lawyer representing Peninsula Township, did not respond to a request for comment.
According to Mike Dettmer, PTP board member and lawyer, PTP’s motion to intervene “has been filed and completed.”
“The court has not yet rendered a decision, but we continue to support the canton and its lawyers, including by participating in mediation,” Dettmer continues. “Our multiple requests for WOMP to dismiss their dispute and return to the township zoning table were ignored, so the litigation continues.”
TJ Andrews, PTP’s legal advisor, notes that the township filed a motion to deny WOMP’s preemption requests on Tuesday. This request, she said, “reflects some of the claims made by PTP in an April filing,” when the group sought court leave – essentially, leave to deviate from established court procedures – to supplement his request to intervene by an “additional request to dismiss [WOMP’s] state law claims. “
PTP also filed documents Thursday in response to a “strike-off motion” from WOMP, which sought to have PTP’s April filing dismissed and struck from the case file.
The folder, with which Andrews shared The Ticker, reveals that WOMP has also sought sanctions against PTP for attempting to stay involved in the case despite not being a party to the lawsuit. When Andrews shared PTP’s intention in April to seek leave from the court to file a termination petition, Infante responded by saying, “Your client does not have standing to file petitions in this case. If you continue to file your complaint anyway, we will ask for sanctions. “
COVID-19, the death of a real estate developer and other factors have delayed construction of several proposed hotels in the area. At least one of these projects is currently underway: According to Fritz Heller, president of North Michigan Hospitality Management (NMHM), the company is set to open a Tru by Hilton on US-31 in Garfield Township, across from Panera Bread.
“There are machines over there, there is a construction trailer over there,” Heller says of the construction site. “Water pipes and sewers are being hooked up. I suspect we will start putting the geopiers in the ground within the next 10 days and then they will start to sink footings. Heller adds that construction of the hotel will likely take “a full year” and that the hotel is expected to be “open by Memorial Day 2022”.
A Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, also planned by NNHM and slated to go next to the Tru, “is on track to begin construction in 2023,” according to Heller.
In the Township of East Bay Charter, meanwhile, there are few additional details to share since The ticker last reported a trio of stranded hotel developments. One, offered by Lansing-based Eastbay One, LLC, between Hampton Inn and Traverse City State Park, derailed in 2019 when developer Michael Eyde died. The property has been for sale since last year and is listed for $ 3.5 million. The Elmer team recently assessed the site, and the property listing now reads, “The parcel is cleared and the contour is level.”
Two other East Bay hotel projects – proposed by Farmington Hills-based Stellar Hospitality, LLC, for packages between Holiday Road and Hopscotch Brick Oven and Tap Room – remain dormant. Claire Karner, director of planning and zoning for East Bay Charter Township, tells the Ticker that she “has no updates” on the developer’s plans.
A new project is underway on US-31 in the Township of East Bay: the new Green Mitt luxury car wash, which The ticker first reported. This business will occupy the former Hooters residence, which was demolished earlier this spring. Nick Spallone, the designer of the project, says Green Mitt will likely have its grand opening in mid-fall.
Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) announced their plans for high school graduation ceremonies on Friday after months of questions over whether the events would be held in person or virtually.
While TCAPS Superintendent John VanWagoner initially indicated that the Kresge Auditorium at the Interlochen Center for the Arts or the district’s Thirlby Field were the most likely venues for a live ceremony, TCAPS now plans to hold degrees for Central High School and West Senior High at Turtle. Creek Stadium. These ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, on Sunday, June 6.
TCAPS selected Turtle Creek Stadium for Central and Western graduates “because it provides a venue that allows the entire graduating class to be together at a ceremony and allows each graduate to invite two family members or guests. The event will also be broadcast live.
Traverse City High School will graduate at the Lars Hockstad Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Friday June 4.
After an initial deployment slowed by COVID-19, construction delays and a municipal moratorium that prevented underground installation work during the winter months, Traverse City Light & Power’s TCLPfiber project is gaining momentum.
The public service reports 494 customers registered as of May 5, against 383 at the end of March. Scott Menhart, chief information officer, says TCLP installation crews “took over” when the city lifted its moratorium on underground work on April 15, and since then has been busy connecting customers . Menhart expects business registrations to accelerate now that Michigan has eased restrictions on in-person work.
Unreal real estate
In March, Dennis Pearsall, president of the Northwest Michigan division of Real Estate One, said The ticker his team had had a record year in 2020, concluding a turnover of 560 million dollars against 495 million dollars in 2019. With interest rates at historically low levels, and remote working bringing a whole new As a subset of buyers in the North Michigan market, virtually all local real estate brokerage firms have experienced similar growth.
According to Pearsall, it’s not slowing down. Sharing data from Aspire North Realtors (formerly Traverse Area Association of Realtors), he says there were 471 residential units sold in Grand Traverse County in the first four months of 2021, up from 437 for the same period in 2020 and 454 in 2019. The average number of days in the home market has dropped from 84 in 2019 to 64 last year and 50 this year, while the average sale price has fallen from $ 304,000 for the first four months of 2020 to $ 356,000 this year.
“It won’t last, of course,” Pearsall says of the booming market. “But in the short term, I don’t see much of a change in that dynamic. I think stocks will always come into the market, and they will sell out very quickly, that will continue to put pressure on prices.