(Community Matters 66) MAEDA Lawyer: Megasite Appeals will get Costly, Could go to Supreme Court

Community Matters continues bringing various voices in the Committee for Marshall-Not the Megasite’s attempts to thwart the Ford Motor Company BlueOval Battery Park Michigan development at the Megasite in Marshall, Michigan.

On Wednesday, January 10, 2024, a circuit judge dismissed an amended complaint brought by the Committee, furthering dismissals he brought in September 2023. The Committee has been working to derail the development and put it up to referendum in Marshall.

Attorneys for Ford and the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance (MAEDA) have argued a Supreme Court case in Detroit sets precedent as to the manner in which the development has carried out. The judge has agreed.

The Committee has announced its intentions to appeal. In the meantime, MAEDA attorney Richard Lindsey provides perspective from the defendant’s side (watch for a new Community Matters interview soon with the attorney for the Committee), saying an appeal will get expensive and touch off court action that could lead to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Episode Resources
BlueOval Battery Park Michigan website
Ford Careers website
Marshall, Michigan website
Marshall Township,  Michigan website
Ford Motor Company press release about BlueOval Battery Park Michigan
Choose Marshall-MAEDA website
CATL website
PA 425 Conditional Land Use Transfer Explained
Committee for Marshall – Not the Megasite website
Committee for Marshall – Not the Megasite Facebook page
Other battery plant and Community Matters episodes

Former WBCK Morning Show host Richard Piet (2014-2017) returns to host Community Matters, an interview program focused on community leaders and newsmakers in and around Battle Creek. Community Matters is heard Saturdays at 8:00 AM and PM Eastern on WBCK-FM (95.3) and anytime at battlecreekpodcast.com.

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