Land Annex?

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

Eleven signatures that put it in motion--a petition, circulated by developer Gilbert White, asking the county clerk to make jurisdiction on land along Business 69 and Lake Lansing Road up to voters.

Much of the land is developed or owned by White, who spearheaded the petition drive and filed it August 10, 2006.

If validated by the clerk's office, the petition would let voters in East Lansing and who live on the properties in question choose to remain a part of Meridian Township or to become part of East Lansing.

"I wish the whole thing would go away," says Susan McGillicuddy, Meridian Township's supervisor.

She says not only does the township stand to lose the tax base of more than 200 acres, but they protest the loss of control over land use and inconvenience of changes services in the affected area.

"It takes money to build subdivisions. We have a certain investment in it as a community," McGillicuddy says. "There are a lot of ramifications that haven't been thought out."

The city of East Lansing says they have neither initiated this petition, nor offered White incentives to develop in East Lansing. While the proposal is economically good for the city, it may not get its full support.

"They are good for the city, but it's also good for the city to maintain positive relationships with neighbors," says Ted Staton, city manager.

White could not be reached for comment.

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