Redevelopment district clears way for new federal office

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – A new U.S. Social Security Administration office is one step closer to reality as the result of a City Council action Monday.

Members unanimously approved a request Joseph Daly of Daly Merritt Properties to create a commercial redevelopment district for the former River Pointe Electric property at 3450 Biddle formerly occupied by the business.

Under state law, establishment of the district clears the way for the building that housed the business to be demolished so that a new, $1.5 million SSA office can be constructed at the site.

A CRD allows the property owner to apply to the mayor and city council for a commercial facility exemption certificate. The state reactivated the Commercial Redevelopment Act in 2008; it had expired in 1985.

A previous district included Portofino restaurant, 3455 Biddle and a medical office building at 3351 Biddle, said Todd Drysdale, director of finance and administration.

Monday’s resolution also authorizes a public hearing to consider the development of the district once the existing structure is demolished to comply with the CRA.