A revised proposal may be in the works


ATTICA TWP. — Having been discussed for more than two years now, the issue of whether or not a proposed truck stop will be constructed in the township remains a hot topic.

Al Ochadleus, Township Supervisor, said plans have been delayed, once again.

“Our Planning Commission held a meeting and denied the company’s Special Land Use Permit request, and it was supposed to come to the township board last week,” he stated.

“However, they were taken off the agenda and requested to be able to address the board at our September 14 meeting.”

Ochadleus said although it has not been confirmed nor is it official, there has been discussion that the company may bring a scaled-back proposal to the township meeting.

“If that were the case, that is not the appropriate place or time to do that,” the Supervisor said. “The correct place to do that would be back with the Planning Commission. We have a procedure to follow and we are going to do that. They can’t just skip the Planning Commission and come directly to us with a new plan.”

Talks first began in July of 2021 of the proposed truck stop on Lake Pleasant Road, near I-69.

Attica Township officials and Bazco Oil Holdings, who is trying to open a fueling business in the township have been going back and forth on what it would take to bring new business to eastern Lapeer County.

The idea of a truck stop in their township has not been met with much favor for township residents who strongly oppose the idea.

Attica Township Supervisor Al Ochadleus said a recent Planning Commission meeting was held where, on a 3-2 vote, a request for a special land use permit to proceed with a proposed truck stop was denied.

The Planning Commission’s decision is now being forwarded on to the Township Board who is expected to act on the matter at their September regular meeting.

“This has been going on for quite a while,” said Ochadleus. “They have seven things they have been asked to meet for the township and so far, those have not all been met,” he added.

The special land use permit request is to build a truck stop at the northeast corner of Lake Pleasant and Newark roads on a 13-acre parcel near the I-69 expressway.

Ochadleus said attorneys for both sides have been involved in the process and depending on the outcome of the September board meeting, further legal action could take place.

The regular monthly board meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. September 14 at the Attica Township Hall on Peppermill Road.