Flat Rock residents assail plan to bu...

Flat Rock residents assail plan to build Meijer by subdivisions

There are 22 comments on the Monroe Evening News/Monroe Sunday News story from Jul 18, 2007, titled Flat Rock residents assail plan to build Meijer by subdivisions. In it, Monroe Evening News/Monroe Sunday News reports that:

By: Dean Cousino story updated July 18. 2007 11:36AM Some Flat Rock citizens say there is no way should a Meijer Inc.

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concerned parent

Flat Rock, MI

#1 Sep 19, 2007
so what if Meijer wants that location..Don't the residents have any say? We are the ones paying taxes aren't we? Tell them tough..go somewhere else, if not..they bye bye! Yes we need a grocery store, I agree. But find a smaller more suitable one that can fit in that empty Kmart parking lot..Rebuild on the locations that need rebuilding..Don't build on land that is not suitiable just becuase they say so.

Ashburn, VA

#2 Nov 28, 2007
I can't help but wonder what benefit Meijer will bring, crime, minimum wage jobs and higher taxes for the infrastructure of the city. There will need to be increased police officers, there will be additional road construction. What about paramedic calls?

Also, I like this quote:

""We want a grocery store bad," he said, noting there has not been one in the city since Foodland closed about 10 years ago."

Why do we NEED a grocery store? The town has not folded without one. I can drive the 4 miles necessary and let another town deal with the garbage that goes with another big box company.
Country living Jim

Trenton, MI

#3 Nov 29, 2007
I agree that Flat Rock could use a grocery store, if for no other reason, than we have many seniors living downtown. I also could use a hair-cut, but if they wanted to shave my head, I would seek another provider. Meijer advertizes that they are a one stop store, with everything under one roof. Meijer is much more then a grocery store! They will draw business away from all the other stores that have moved to or remained in Flat Rock through the years. What a slap in the face to them. I also feel that the location, where they are proposing to locate, is a country type residential area. Many residents have large lots and acreage. Two subdivisions have recently been built and people invested thousands of dollars in these new homes only to find out that Meijer will be literally next door or across the street! They moved to Flat Rock and chose their homes because of the location. Was Meijer in the works before these developments were approved? Others I have talked to came to Flat Rock for the "small town feeling".
And how can Arsenal ever handle the traffic Meijer will draw? Will there be a Meijer gas station?
I don't think your constituents (you remember us - the citizens of Flat Rock who have voted and paid taxes over the years?) are being represented in your "whatever Meijer wants, Meijer gets" attitude.
Why do the leaders of Flat Rock want this city to grow? Do they hear the citizens speak? I have lived in FR for over 45 years and I like this town as it is!! I am hearing after Meijer comes, others will follow. Great, I cannot imagine living near Allen and West Rd. The majority of our residents live on the east side of Telegraph. We do have Kroger near them. Again, I would like to see a grocery store convenient to our citizensÂ’ downtown, within walking distance would be better. How can this do anything besides take away from all the other business?
I know and understand the need for the Vreeland road extension and accept it to provide services to the area. Are the Meijer talks being driven by this, to help finance for this? I am sure the residents will pay for this in the long run, through devaluation, tax increases, crime, undesired landscape, trash, traffic, other major investors, environmental damage, etc.... Has any of the city officials/citizens for, looked at the areas that Meijer currently has their businesses (not the pictures Meijer provides). The planning commission just approved this land as residential on the master plan. I guess Meijer can sell anything....... But, I do not need the fertilizer (BS) as I currently live on good fertile land, not asphalt. Thank, country living Jim

Ashburn, VA

#4 Nov 29, 2007
I still don't understand how:

They can approve this land for use when the store will not comply with the parking space requirement?

The city will let the citizens that have decided to live her get screwed out of property value because of the big box store.

As you pointed out Country, what benefit it will be to the town when established businesses can not cut it because they can't compete with Meijer.

The politicians are obviously not the brightest. Maybe someone can buy them a movie they can understand....Cars. Small towns are dropping all the time because of highways, you would never imagine a small town government signing the papers to kill off their own...Unless that small town is Flat Rock where reason and logic have no meaning.
The Grey Fox

Grand Rapids, MI

#5 Dec 1, 2007
My wife and I are looking to build in the Flat Rock area. We really love the "old town feeling" and the country is just beautiful. Riding down Inkster road heading toward Huron River Drive is a great ride "in the country". Meijer is like all the huge oil companies that are in bed with the government. It's all about the Benjamins. It's like they don't care about the hardest working middle class who built or had their new home built to be in the country and not by a large store where traffic and all the other problems with thief and crime will follow. We moved here or lived here because it is a great place to live. Oh well, life goes on, doesn't it. Let's see who gets a "really" nice gift for Christmas this year! OUT OF WORK YET, KEEP BUYING FOREIGN. MEIJER SELLS COMMUNIST CHINA PRODUCTS AND THAT'S BULL. Please buy American.

S/Sgt USMC Retired

Edison, NJ

#6 Dec 10, 2007
But the fertilizer they sell is locally produced...by Mayor Jones produces plenty of it.

Flat Rock, MI

#8 Nov 2, 2008
im 18 and live in one of the subs off arsenal. i am extremely against the meijer idea. as others have said its going to increase the crime and traffic. people move away from the city for the lower crime rates and a more home town feel. which i think is great. i hate the idea of living in a large city.
we have two krogers near by and they are building that town center off of telegraph and west. we dont need more places to shut down small business. small business already are having a hard enough time.
a great example is flat rock automotive. has everything people need for a car and is dying because of the larger auto stores.
i feel like im just rambling on and i know my opinion doesnt count, none of ours do but we need to stop it.
PVT Army

“It's me!”

Since: Sep 08

Flat Rock MI

#9 Nov 17, 2008
I live in the Vreeland/Telegraph area, and i'd be THRILLED to get a store here. I'm legally blind and can't drive the distance to go to the grocery store, so that would be great for me. Right now Flat Rock is more of a "drive-through" town. There is nothing really here for people to come to, and that's sad since it's such a great town. I'm all for the Meijer!

“It's me!”

Since: Sep 08

Flat Rock MI

#10 Nov 17, 2008
I also meant to add that if there was a bus system in our area I wouldn't mind not having a store close by, since I could just hop on the bus to get to one. We have the senior apartments near huroc park, and I'm sure they can get taken to a store, but since i'm not a senior I can't. I live alone so I need a store closer, and I know i'm not the only one.
my 2 cents

Westland, MI

#11 Nov 25, 2008
All of you amaze me. I think it's great that Meijer is coming. I live in Flat Rock and I get sick of having to go to Monroe or Woodhaven to hit a Meijer store. Sure, Kroger is right down the road, but Krogers prices suck. I think you are fools to complain so much. One person asked what Meijer will bring, such as minimum wage jobs. Well, genious, if people fill those positions, they obviously needed the work and are okay to start at minimum wage. I spent 6 years working for Meijer. I started at $5.65 an hour (min wage at the time) and left making $38,000 per year. Because I worked for it, didn't boo-hoo about working minimum wage. You all keep crying about your property values. This economy is in the toilet, your values are already sinking. Maybe a spark of retail spending in the city will actually help our local economy. Bring on Meijer. Oh, by the way, all the retailers sell Chinese goods. And American. And Canadian, and European, etc. Get over yourself.
my 2 cents

Westland, MI

#12 Nov 25, 2008
I'm in Flat Rock, my work computer is registered to the headquarters in Texas, before anyone says anything about that. And, I left Meijer in '04.

Flat Rock, MI

#13 Dec 4, 2008
get over yourself? you can drive your honda/toyota/kia/daewoo/ any foreign car you have 4 miles to the woodhaven meijers. if you lived within 1/2 miles f rom the location you would be against it!!

New Boston, MI

#14 Dec 7, 2008
I am certainly not opposed to the idea of a grocery, or any other big chain moving into Flat Rock, I live down Wil Carelton rd. and its a pain to drive to other stores. Do i agree with where they want to put it, no i do not. someone else mentioned using the old kmart/food town building... that would be ideal. no need to break new ground. it would be a bit of a benefit and a bit of a pain at the same time. sure there would be 'minimun wage' jobs, but last time i checked, that was better than no job. crime is going to come and go regardless of whether there is another store or not. its a part of our society. no one is going to agree on this matter, some want it, some dont. just thought i would voice my opinion as well.

Rockwood, MI

#15 Dec 15, 2008
Flat Rock needs a retail/grocery store to create job.

Fredericksburg, VA

#16 Jan 23, 2009
Minimum wage jobs are the right way to build a city. Give me a break. Prosititution is a job, do you want that legalized?

“It's me!”

Since: Sep 08

Flat Rock MI

#17 Jan 24, 2009
the old Kmart site isn't big enough for what Meijer needs, plus it's been sold to someone else. I really hope it goes through, especially for people like me who CAN'T drive the few miles to the Woodhaven location. If there were buses in the area it wouldn't be an issue for seniors and disabled folks to make the trip. This store would not only bring jobs but also much needed revenue for the city.

United States

#18 Feb 2, 2009
I understand where you are coming from Laura, but the issue I have is that it is not the way to build the city. It will provide more costs than it will revenue. It is not fair to the residents of those subdivisions (which I live in neither). Those people built in a location that was adjacent to property zoned for residency, now the city wants to change it. It is the old bait and switch approach to government.

Why is it OK to stick these residents with a meijer but the mayor is reluctant to move the school bus parking to an area near other board members? As he said, "I don't think I would want to look at that..." Well, I don't think these people want to look at Meijer either, and they pay more property taxes than most in the area.

“It's me!”

Since: Sep 08

Flat Rock MI

#19 Mar 22, 2009
I can understand what you are saying too. I just really think the city needs something to make it more than a drive through city again. I can understand why those residents would be upset though, I really can.

Edison, NJ

#20 Aug 24, 2009
I see a road is being constructed along the Meijer property. I heard that nothing is going forward but local officals want Meijer to come out and see it.

I wonder how the previous potential developers feel seeing the city put in this road for Meijer after being told they would have to pay for it on their own (that is what I was told) if they chose to build a housing development in this RESIDENTIAL area.

Gotta love Flat Rock.

And to those of you that think this is such a good idea, check out some of the recent sale prices in the adjacent sub divisions. These are all comps to your homes as well.
Pro grocery store

Roy, WA

#21 Aug 30, 2009
Living on the "other side of the tracks" has been my joy for over 40 years, unfortunately the people who have moved here lately are ruining the small town charm of Level Pebble. So many new houses are empty--there is your crime starter--nothing else here for kids to do! So now we have brand new empty houses and no grocery store. Any other plans you new people have for our charming little town? Have at it. You really can't change the heart of Flat Rock. And yes, I do love Flat Rock. And as for the new subdivisions----don't even get me started! I have trespassers who think my yard is a through way. Walk in your own tiny yards! You chose to have a small, confining lot with a huge house on it, I chose a little house on a large lot and I was here first! Before you start telling us how Flat Rock should be, learn some country manners and have some respect for other people's property!

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