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Dialysis land deal bungled

Dialysis unit rising on what should have been park land

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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:00 am

BENTON HARBOR - A new dialysis center is being built in Benton Harbor on what should have been parkland.

Construction crews are already laying the foundation at 338 Eighth St., but a Michigan Department of Natural Resources official confirmed Tuesday the property is a mitigation parcel meant for park use.

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  • 1mike posted at 9:06 pm on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    1mike Posts: 417

    Well the s c r e w up happened before Harris showed up so nice try in blaming him so it falls back to the same group who have done their best to do the worst for the city

  • BHBlues posted at 4:35 pm on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    BHBlues Posts: 7

    What a shame and disgrace. All they had to do was read the sign that is posted right where they are digging. Also, who approved a commercial land sale right across the street from a residential area? The construction should be stopped, the area zoned properly and then begin developing a park. Someone's head should roll for this bungled mess.

  • Gizmodog posted at 2:31 pm on Wed, Jul 11, 2012.

    Gizmodog Posts: 17

    This deal must have been in the process of being made for months, when the developers first submitted the purchase request to the City's community development department, which then submits a title request to the City Assessor's Office, which determines the value, and hence the City's sale price. One should determine if the property on 8th Street was also in any part of the Brownfield's district. There is enough local government control of this parcel that the DNR records have to be right in City Hall. Sure, the problem is in there, but the buck stops at Harris' desk.