COA submits report on facility, housing plan – News – Sturgis Journal – Sturgis, MI – Michigan News

COA submits report on facility, housing plan – News – Sturgis Journal – Sturgis, MI –  Michigan News

St. Joseph County commissioners appear open to the idea of requesting the deed on property being considered for senior housing and a new Commission On Aging headquarters.

St. Joseph County commissioners appear open to the idea of requesting the deed on property being considered for senior housing and a new Commission On Aging headquarters.
In response to a report presented Wednesday by COA director Tim Stoll at a meeting of the county’s executive committee, commissioners agreed that pursuing a facility that previously housed Three Rivers Inn is a worthwhile endeavor. The matter will be considering by the commission next week at its board meeting.
Judie Ratering, St. Joseph County treasurer, said she foreclosed on the property April 1 after its $156,000 in taxes fell into arrears for tax years 2014-16. The county is in position to claim the deed after the state of Michigan and city of Three Rivers each declined first rights of refusal on the property, according to protocol, Ratering said.
COA will tap into its $2 million fund balance to cover the back taxes as well as settle through tax year 2017, Stoll said. The agency plans to allocate $200,000 to make the property’s tax situation satisfactory until 2018.
“The next step I would like to see is putting out a (request for proposals) seeking architect/designer bids so they can put together drawings to help us better determine the cost of renovating the building,” Stoll said. “Additionally, COA requests permission to pursue financing options for the proposed project.”
He speculated the project would cost…

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