Support grows for Sustainable Business Park
For the past four years the Kent County Department of Public Works (KCDPW) has promoted a 90 percent waste reduction goal by 2030. The focal point of achieving this goal is the development of the Sustainable Business Park on land south of the South Kent Landfill.
Road upgrade designation moving forward
As word has spread of this visionary approach to landfill diversion, business leaders in the region are making their support public. Recently, Steelcase and the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum have issued support for KCDPW’s Sustainable Business Park concept. If you individually or your organization want to join these zero waste leaders, please send a public expression of support to Kristen Wieland at email@example.com.
Any level of documentation will be enough; an email, a formal letter or a statement on your social media outlets will help.
Progress to re-designate portions of Clyde Park and 14th Avenues from a local road to an “all season-all weather” county primary has advanced. The road sections proposed for reclassification are from 100th St. on the north in Kent County and 144th St on the south in Allegan County.
Both the Allegan and Kent County Road Commissions have been great partners in this road upgrade designation. Improvements to the Clyde Park-14th Avenue road segments will be necessary for good access to the proposed Sustainable Business Park.
Site survey delineates wetlands
Funded by an MEDC Site Readiness Grant
is continuing property investigation and due diligence, infrastructure analysis and preliminary design efforts on the future site of the Sustainable Business Park.
Fishbeck has delineated wetlands on the property and is locating them on property maps to assist in the land planning process. The State of Michigan will review the wetland report and visit the property in April to confirm the wetlands and determine what regulations apply.
They have also completed a survey of the perimeter of the properties and collecting aerial photogrammetry and topographic information of 250 acres. Survey information is also being collected for the surrounding public right-of-way and utilities in the surrounding area which could be extended to serve the Sustainable Business Park. This includes evaluating options and routes for utility connections and their associated costs.