Positive outlook for outlet changes

Developers present plans to Garfield Township planning commissioners regarding Traverse City Outlet Center renovations.

Project managers for the Traverse City Outlet Center presented their plans to Garfield Township planning commissioners tonight. It is the first step in gaining the township's approval for the multi-million dollar plan.

Commissioners said things may be looking up for the outlet center. They shared their approval for the development unanimously.

Currently, the complex is 50 percent occupied, according to the ownerâ??s representative, Joe Sarafa. â??The stores that are there are doing well and theyâ??re happy.â??

The multi-million dollar plan in the works could bring more business to the area.

â??I think it'd be significant in terms of what it does for the community, what it does for employment, and what it does for Garfield Township tax base,â?? said Sarafa. â??It will bring many people to the area.â??

The 33-acre complex could soon be home to a new cinema, large stores, and additional small businesses. The plan also includes access to the Buffalo Trail System. Developers said there's a lot of potential for growth, making it a place people want to frequent.

â??A place to bring a family, have dinner, see a movie. Meet friends, go shopping, have a drink. Exercise, have a cup of coffee, go to work. It's going to be pretty nice, but it's not going to happen overnight,â?? said Sarafa.

The developers will come back to commissioners with a proposal at a meeting later in January. If that proposal passes, a public hearing date will be scheduled.

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