Douglas J clean-up plan to get county funding

Date for demolition of existing buildings not yet set


MERIDIAN TWP. — Ingham County has approved funds to demolish three buildings and clean up contaminated soil in downtown Okemos to make way for Douglas J’s plan to build a new salon, office space and apartments.

The county board of commissioners approved a plan to provide up to $328,000 through the county’s redevelopment authority to demolish the former Travelers Club, Triple Goddess Book Store and White Bros. Music. A date for demolition is not finalized.

Douglas J plans to build a three-story, 25,000 square foot spa and salon building on 1.5 acres at the northwest corner of Okemos and Hamilton roads and a smaller three-story building with a mix of shops and retail on Hamilton Road.

Under the arrangement with the Ingham County Brownfield Redevlopment Authority, Douglas J will be reimbursed over several years for the clean-up out of “captured” property tax generated by improvements.

County documents show that the taxable value of the completed project is estimated to be more than $3.7 million. The current taxable value of the land and buildings is $390,631.

One hundred new jobs are also expected to be generated, county documents say.

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