The City of Fennville is still considering purchasing the former Chemical Bank building for a new city hall, Mayor Tom Pantelleria said on The Morning Grind radio show on Saturday morning, Jan. 19.
The former bank, 125 S. Maple St., is a block closer to downtown than the current city hall, 222 S. Maple St., and would give “a little more prestige for city government,” the mayor said during the radio broadcast on WYVN 92.7 FM.
The city commission toured the former bank building during a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Commissioners Shawn Machan, Jim Suerth and the mayor were led through the one-story building by Realtor Peter Termaat, according to city records. Commissioners Erik Almquist, Danielle Brien, Scott Hageman and Jim Hayden were not present for the tour.
“Afterwards, the commission discussed the possible purchase of the site for the relocation of city hall,” the unapproved minutes said. The tour and discussion lasted about 50 minutes, records show.
No decisions were made.
Chemical Bank closed in December 2017. The 4,716-square-foot building on 0.71 acre is for sale for $175,000. A developer approached the city commission to change the zoning so he could put four apartments at the site, but he has not returned to the city to formally seek that rezoning. The property also comes with significant parking spaces used by downtown businesses. The current city hall would then be used by the department of public works for offices and storage, the mayor said at the Jan. 7 city commission meeting.
The commission will discuss at its Tuesday, Jan. 22 meeting at 7 p.m. the possible purchase of the property.
Su Casa site
Pantelleria also announced that the former Su Casa Restaurant building, 310 W. Main St., has been purchased and will become a Mexican restaurant, market and banquet hall.
“We’re very excited,” he told radio host Mike Johnson on Saturday. “I wanted to see that filled.”
The 8,361-square-foot facility was built in 2004, replacing a former structure at the same site where the restaurant operated for many years. It closed in 2013.
Pantelleria did not have the name of the new owner.
Realtor Michael Deem of Coldwell Banker Schmidt announced on Facebook that the building has been sold, though included no further details. The company’s website said the property was sold for $250,000.
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Jim Hayden is a member of the Fennville City Commission. This blog does not represent the views of the commission or the city. Information is from public comments during open meetings and public documents available through the Freedom of Information Act.