by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor
A number of Vernon Township property owners were hosted at the Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. Wednesday, May 24 for an invitation-only, informational discussion regarding the possible construction of an alleged steel mill that could occupy more than four square-miles of township property between Lansing, Bennington, Durand, and New Lothrop roads. According to sources who attended the May 24 meeting, very few details were provided, and many residents are urging their neighbors to take an interest in the potential project.
According to sources who attended the May 24 meeting, residents owning property within the aforementioned area have been approached about selling their land, with a “terrific” purchase rate being offered. The land would be sold to the city, which would annex the land from the township, presumably with the help of a revenue sharing agreement between the city and township. The expansive site would include a building that was described during the May 24 meeting to be 3,300 feet by 6,200 feet. These unconfirmed details were provided to The Independent by several property owners who attended the May 24 meeting, but project organizers are not releasing information at this time.
Many who attended the May 24 meeting have been left wanting more details. A number of residents plan to attend the Durand City Council meeting on Monday, June 5 and the Vernon Township Board meeting on Monday, June 12 to seek additional information regarding the potential project. The city meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on June 5, while the township meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on June 12.