Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Byron Township planning commission sets public hearing for Tanger Outlet

By Shandra Martinez on October 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM, updated October 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

BYRON TOWNSHIP, MI -- The Tanger Outlet mall remains on track for construction to begin in 2014 after the Byron Township Planning Commission unanimously voted Monday to set a public hearing for the project for its next meeting on Nov. 18.

More details about the proposed 80-store development are expected to emerge at the meeting, when representatives for the national outlet mall chain will hold their first public presentation on the project and answer commissioners' questions.

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc. is asking for about 30 acres at the corner of U.S. 131 and 84th Street SW to be rezoned commercial from agriculture. The rezoning isn't expected to be a hurdle because the township's master plan already calls for the change.

Tanger wants to fast-track the project because it has a commitment for 80 percent of the retail space. Tanger’s tenants include J. Crew, Nike, American Eagle, Ann Taylor and Chico’s, which operate outlet or factory stores in its malls.

Plans call for starting construction within a year so the mall can open for either the back-to-school or holiday shopping season in 2015, Weiss said.

Extra measures have been taken to avoid delays in the application process. The Greensboro, N.C., firm’s developer, which first contacted the township in April, delayed filing the application over the summer to redesign the entrance onto the development to alleviate concerns about traffic.


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