ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Ada may be getting a makeover.
Working with Township officials, Amway -- already the largest landowner in Ada -- has purchased 16 acres with the idea of making Ada into a destination through development.
Ada Township Supervisor George Haga said this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
"Reinvention is a good term and that is somewhat what we are looking at. We hope complete the study this summer," Haga said.
Amway released a statement to 24 Hour News 8 late Thursday afternoon detailing the company's reasons for being involved:
"Ensuring that Ada is a vibrant community that draws people who want to live here, shop here, and work here is important to all of us. More than 4,000 people work at out world headquarters," the statement reads in part.
The goal is to bring in more money to local businesses.
And even though no ground has yet been broken, the idea is already creating quite a buzz.
"I was very excited," Chloe Elan Bistro owner Christine Gill said.
Hers is just one of the properties purchased by Amway. One part of the development plan is to better utilize Ada's assets like the Thornapple River, of which Gill is already taking advantage with an outdoor dining area.
She finds the part of the plan proposes a more walkable Ada appealing.
"Foot traffic would be nice. I was used to that downtown when I had the Sierra Room and here it is very much destination. If you are coming here, you are coming here," Gill said.
Daisy Rzesa has owned Artisan Flowers for a decade. But she does not own the old one-room schoolhouse the business is in. That now belongs to Amway.
She said overall, she is happy with the arrangement between the Township and Amway and as long as she can remain at the same location, she'll be content.
"I totally love the fact that this town is getting the buzz and no matter what the buzz is it can only get better. As a retailer, I am looking forward to it," Rzesa said. "Now what it holds, I am scared because I really love my building and I could be forced to move."
Development plans are in the very preliminary stages and it could take years to finalize. The township supervisor says it will take place with a lot of public input. The next meeting is July 22.
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