On Tuesday night, the Meridian Township Board heard opinions from the public on whether or not to allow the Douglas J expansion to move forward.
A local business owner, employees and customers came out to show support for Douglas J's new vision that will include room for a new salon and spa plus residential and retail spaces.
"It's such a quality institution...anything they do is done with style and class," said Celia Guro, a Meridian Township resident and a long time customer at Douglas J.
Guro trusts that the new project will benefit the entire community, but others believe quite the opposite. The proposed expansion at the corner of Okemos and Hamilton roads means several buildings, including the one that houses the Tuba Museum will have to go. That land is currently owned by the bank
"Allow everyone to be successful here and not just one business," said Will White, owner of the Tuba Museum.
He says his store makes up part of the heritage of Downtown Okemos and his side was echoed by a few others at the meeting.
"You jump forward and you knock down everything of historical value," said Linda Fausey.
White says he's not against Douglas J's expansion but feels it's unfair he has to close shop to allow it to happen.
Township Supervisor Susan McGillicuddy thinks the proposal meets the community's goals. The board is expected to vote on whether or not to allow the project to move forward at its meeting on September 18th.