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Acme‘s Village

Staff Reports - April 1st, 2004
Acme’s Village goes back to drawing board

A proposed “big box”-style shopping center masquerading as a downtown was scuttled in Circuit Court last week by Judge Thomas Power in a decision hailed by opponents of the project.
As planned, the 182-acre Village at Grand Traverse would encompass close to 1 million square feet of new construction along M-72 near Lautner Road. The proposed Village would include a blend of big box stores and smaller retailers, government offices, a hotel, and up to 300 residential units.
The town center project won the conditional approval of the Acme Township Board in November.
But opponents of the project, the Concerned Citizens of Acme Township, said the project violated the spirit of the township’s original plan to establish a bona fide downtown similar to nearby Elk Rapids.
Judge Power reversed the township’s approval of the site because the ordinance relating to the project doesn’t allow the consideration of other viable sites in the area.
This may not be the end of The Village at Grand Traverse, however, since the township board can amend its ordinance, or developers can appeal the ruling. The next meeting of the township board is April 6.

The Bottom Line

If you‘ve been to Meijer‘s in TC lately, you can‘t help but have noticed hundreds of “Low Carb“ signs scattered around the store, designating protein-rich products. (Although “High Carb“ signs are conspiciously absent on Meijer‘s pyramids of cookies and snacks.)
What constitutes low carb, however? That‘s something the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to determine, owing to the glut of food manufacturers making claims which may be false. Some labels fudge the definition with creative distortions of what they consider “net” carbs. Then too, foods like low-carb ice cream contain as much fat and calories as the real thing.
The Grocery Manufacturers of America would like the FDA to define low-carb as 9 grams of carbohydrates in a typical serving. A consumer advocacy group would like that standard driven lower, to 6 carbs per serving.

Radio Waves:

Liberal talk radio kicks off on March 31 when Air America Radio debuts in four major markets including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Stars of the 24-hour-talk network will be comedians Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo. Franken, bestselling author of “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right,“ plans to call his show “The O‘Franken Factor,“ to irritate his Fox News nemesis Bill O‘Reilly.
O‘Relly and Fox News sued Franken last year for using the slogan “Fair and Balanced“ on the cover of the comedians book. The publicity helped make it a bestseller.
No word yet as to when Air America Radio will be available nationwide for airing in Northern Michigan, but you will be able to check out the shows on web radio stations from the launch cities.
 
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