By DAVID GREEN
A downtown Morenci building has a new owner and planning continues for a Subway restaurant in the building.
The closing for the sale of property at 203-205 W. Main St.—the former Knoblauch grocery store—was made final last week. New owner Ketan Patel of Mason, Mich., intends to renovate the building and open a Subway restaurant in the ground floor of the east side of the structure.
The west side would become available for office or retail space and, eventually, four apartments would be created on the second floor.
Patel owns Subway franchises in Hudson and Lansing, plus a pizza franchise in East Lansing.
Patel is using a state façade grant of $164,000 and $212,000 in private funds for the renovation project.
The first building permit for the renovation was taken from city hall today, reported city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder, for the purpose of installing a new roof.
City council members voted Monday to accept the low bid from Tenmile Creek Excavating of Detroit for the city’s parking lot rebuilding project.
The firm’s bid of $652,800 was only $3,800—less than half a percent—lower than Brady from Tecumseh. Six companies submitted bids.
Public Works committee vice-chair Jason Cook reported that the city’s engineer studied the bids and recommended Tenmile’s as the low bidder.
Morenci mayor Keith Pennington said that Tenmile won’t do all the work itself since, for example, it has no paving equipment.
ROOF—Councilors voted to accept the low bid offered by Kevin Arquette ($1,440) to replace the roof on the west shelter house at Wakefield Park.
ALS—The annual resolution for funding the Morenci Area EMS service calls for no increase in the existing special assessment.
ALPINE—The Lenawee Economic Development Corporation—owner of the former Alpine (M&S) buildings in Morenci—decided recently to temporarily shut off the utilities to the vacant manufacturing space.
ROAD REPAIR—A contract was approved with the Lenawee Road Commission to tar and chip 4,000 feet of Coomer Street, starting at the east city limits and also a portion of W. Chestnut Street.
SHOOTING—Police chief Larry Weeks said formal notification arrived ruling that a Morenci police officer showed appropriate use of force in a shooting incident in Hillsdale County.
BUDGET—Council approved the city budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, showing general fund revenue and expenditures of $1.188 million, including a contingency fund of $114,475.