"This is not Meridian Township and we didn't think that this is what we were trying to be."
-- Pam Movalson
There are efforts underway to redevelop an old grocery store in Meridian Township, but not everyone's happy about it.
It's not the idea of redeveloping the area, but the business that could be moving in that has residents worried.
The former L&L, later C&H supermarket at the Carriage Hills Shopping Center has been empty for about a year. Now DTN, which owns the shopping center, wants to put in a plasma donation center.
But for Bree Anderson and her neighbors, it's not exactly the economic shot-in-the-arm they were hoping for.
"There's just a lot of questions and a lot of concerns," she said.
"This type of business has a lot of people who aren't necessarily invested in the community like we are."
Anderson and some of her neighbors met Monday night for the first time as a group. They're working to try and stop the center from coming is because they argue that kind of business just wouldn't fit into the neighborhood.
"It can only have a negative impact, it's completely inconsistent with the Meridian Township Master Plan in terms of bringing in economic development to this area," Anderson said.
"This is not something that's going to bolster other businesses."
Pam Movalson, president of the White Birch condo association said her property borders the shopping center.
"There's going to be a lot of loitering, a lot of people, a lot of hours right up against residential," Movalson said.
She said she's fearful of what kind of economic impact the plasma center would have on the surrounding area.
"We've finally started to get some property values back up in the area as of recent and this is going to just set everything backwards," she said.
Anderson said the group is already collecting signatures and is working now to get the word out to as many people as possible before a final decision can be made by the township.
"I haven't talked to anybody that's been for it or thinks it's a good idea," Movalson said. "This is not Meridian Township and we didn't think that this is what we were trying to be."
No one from the Meridian Township planning department was available to comment or go on camera Monday.
Calls made to DTN Management were not returned.
A public hearing regarding the special use permit request was held on Oct. 14. Another public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18 at 7pm at the Meridian Township municipal building.
DTN has requested a decision be made regarding the special use permit request that same night.
In the Planning Commission packet from the Oct. 14 meeting DTN stated the plasma center would have 48 beds and roughly 60 employees and would be open seven days a week operating 12-14 hours a day.
There is currently a CSL Plasma location on Cedar St. in South Lansing.
For more information or to join the group of residents working to stop the plasma center email citizensagainstCHplasmacenter@yahoo.com.