SAGINAW TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (6/29/2018) - Construction is booming in Saginaw Township, with more than double the value of projects under way this year than the same time last year.
The township, which generally is west of city, is a regional draw for diners and shoppers.
"People come from up to 60 miles to shop and do business in Saginaw Township," said Steve King, the township's community development director.
When the economy is tough, renovation projects take a back seat, but that's not the case this year. The Aldi renovation project is just one of many taking place in the township.
Saginaw Township saw about $5 million in permitted building improvement projects all of last year. That figure currently sits at $12 million.
King says the time is right.
"We have a lot of larger corporations that, fortunately for us, have been able to borrow money to invest in their companies relatively inexpensively," he said.
The township has 29 site plans approved for some stage of review for development. It only had 23 all of last year.
Smaller companies are getting in the action, as well.
Macksoods is getting ready to open its new store in Saginaw Township in two to three weeks. The company renovated an old Pep Boys store, and the 20,000-square-foot building has been sitting empty on busy Tittabawassee Road for quite some time.
"It actually sat empty since 2006 -- 12 years. It's exciting. A relatively local business, Macksoods is based out of Flint," King said.
Home building is up, as well, in the township, with 50 significant residential building projects, including new housing and renovations. King doesn't foresee a slow down anytime soon.
He said last year was a good year and 2018 is shaping up to be a banner year.