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Hancock Introduces Zoning Plan; Launches Business Park

Hancock’s proposed new zoning ordinance is a step closer to approval. 

City council members officially introduced the new rules at last evening’s meeting, and advanced them on a 5-2 vote, with councilors John Hauessler and Whitney Warstler opposing The first major rewrite of the zoning law in a half century has been scheduled for a public hearing August 10th at 6 p.m. The council could vote to adopt the ordinance at its meeting later that evening.

A copy of the proposed ordinance can be viewed on the city’s website.

Hancock’s new business and technology park is officially in business. Council members approved the restrictions and covenants that will govern the development last night. The vote was 6-1, with Hauessler dissenting. Lots will be marketed through the Century 21 Affiliated brokerage, and could be available by early fall. The park will be located on 40 acres between Tomasi Drive and Lake Annie Road, just northeast of Hancock High School.

City Manager Mary Babcock reported an excellent turnout at the Key Ingredients event last Friday. The pickleball courts at Laurn Grove Park have opened. A league is being organized, along with classes for those who would like to learn the sport.

Hancock’s Downtown Development Authority will purchase the former Risto’s Hardware building at 224 Quincy Street. The DDA will pay around $140,000 for the property, which has been empty since Risto’s relocated to its current location on Hancock Street.

MJO Contracting was selected to rebuild a section of Hancock’s waterfront trail. Poor drainage in the section along Navy Street near Tezcuco Street has undermined the pathway. Most of the $94,400 cost will be covered by a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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