Protect the Future of the City of Trenton
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The city of Trenton is at a crossroads, and has very limited time to decide whether to purchase the DSC/McLouth property from the County. Purchasing the property keeps the control of the property in the city's hands.
The "Trenton Coastal Resiliency Plan" is a document that outlines how the city should react to changing demographics and factors to continue to thrive and offer a high quality of life for current residents, and how to remain viable as a city in the future. It cites the need to not return to the past glory days of heavy industry on the waterfront in order to move forward, that there is "no going back" on the achievements the region has made in revitalizing the waterfront.
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The article warns of not using the property for a deep water port, nor as transportation of these goods as it's impact on the river would be detrimental to the area and not supported by the Michigan Legislature. Unfortunately, at the public hearing, the council cited these as the only probable potential uses for the land, calling even leaving it alone as "not viable". Currently, the city does not rely on the tax revenue from DSC. The potential tax revenue from these types of industry could be a "windfall," but perhaps not right for Trenton's viability in the long run.
When residents were surveyed the summary states: "The most evident common theme throughout the responses was the idea that business as usual would not suffice. Phrases like “out of the box perspective,” “risk appetite increase,” “more open and inclusive,” and “open minded and creative” appeared.
"Today the City must capitalize on the changing economy and use its natural assets, including its waterfront, to position itself in the 21st century and beyond. "
Having control over the property will allow the city to move forward with the recommendations of this report, to control our own destiny over time. The risks shall be weighed of course as to whom is responsible for the cleanup. There is hope the city acquires the necessary documents to remove its liability. Regardless, this situation is an inherited one that it's people need to take responsibility for.
Please sign the petition to encourage the same thinking from the Trenton City Council, Mayor, and administration.
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