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Ideas to improve Dixie Highway

From left, Craig Fuller of Fuller Appraisal Service, Katie Bowman Coleman of Bowman Chevrolet, , Ed Boutrous of Coutrous Company, Penny Shanks of Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, Fred Ritter of Clarkston Auto Wash, and Planning Commissioner Ron Ritchie write down ideas for Dixie Highway. (click for larger version)
June 11, 2014 - With millions spent or scheduled to improve Sashabaw Road, attention is now being refocused on Dixie Highway.

Pat Kittle, Independence Township supervisor, invited business and property owners along the Dixie corridor to join him in sharing ideas for improving the area.

"It's the township's oldest commercial corridor – what can we do to make it more retail friendly," he asked the group, assembled at Oakhurst Country Club, June 4. "Some properties are phenomenal while others are older. What can we do to make more appealing?"

Ideas include redevelopment of the closed gas station at M-15 and Dixie and the former Clarkston Cinema, improvements to businesses and residential areas, more pedestrian crossings, and new marquee signs at the north and south borders of the township. Students at Clarkston's Oakland Tech campus created dozens of designs for the signs, which they will narrow down this week, Kittle said.

"I'm very interested in seeing what we can do to improve Dixie Highway," said Fred Ritter, owner of Clarkston Car Wash.

"We havent seen enough projects on Dixie in a long time," said township planner Dick Carlisle. "It needs a shot in the arm." –Phil Custodio

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