All of the pieces to be taken care of before Aldi could bring its store to Hastings were done systematically by the numbers with nothing skipped, Hastings Charter Township Supervisor Jim Brown said. The new store will be at the former location of the Chrysler dealership on M-37/M-43.
The approximately 76-acre piece of property with the car dealership in front, and wedged between the City of Hastings and Rutland Township, was in Hastings Charter Township for many years. When offering the property to the city, Brown said it was a mistake made years ago that had never been corrected.
In a complicated series of agreements for the transfer, sale of part of the property that was privately owned, provisions to provide city services, deeds, documents and other legal steps, the property was donated to the city. Hastings will provide city services to Aldi and the property taxes Aldi pays will be shared with Hastings Township, City Manager Jeff Mansfield said.
“Everyone wanted this to happen. We laid it out so everything went smoothly; some things can’t be done out of sequence,” Brown said. However, sometimes they could get "ahead of the curve," doing the surveys and environmental study and getting the site plan tentatively approved while paperwork was being drawn up and signed.
It has taken time and cooperation from several units of government to finalize all of the issues, but Brown is confident that Aldi will be turning dirt by the first part of August.
“I can almost hear the bulldozers,” he said.