Vernon Township residents that live north of the city of Durand, have plenty of questions after receiving letters inviting them to a meeting to discuss selling their homes and property to make room for what is believed to be the construction of a steel mill. Durand Now reached out to City Manager Colleen O'Toole on Tuesday with questions. She said the city has no formal comment at this time. A resident that may be affected by the possible construction told Durand Now on Tuesday that Justin Horvath of Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership was unable to provide any details, citing confidentiality issues. Horvath told Durand Now the same thing, though both Horvath and O'Toole indicated that they may be able to share more at a later time.
The City of Durand completed the installation of a new public people spot located at the corner of Clinton Street and Saginaw Street in downtown Durand. “People spots” or “parklets” are typically constructed in the public-right-of-way along a commercial district and feature open seating and green space. The outdoor space is open to all visitors and subject to the same use as a public park.
The Durand People Spot is a relatively unique feature in Shiawassee County but other communities such as Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Lansing have all experimented with temporary and seasonal parklets.