Demolition of the former Carter’s Food Center in Boyne City is slated to begin August 15th. Great Lakes Energy (GLE) purchased the property, which stands adjacent to GLE’s headquarters at 1323 Boyne Avenue, early this spring with plans to expand their current office space due to the cooperative’s growth in recent years.
The site will be fenced off prior to construction. Construction crews will work to dismantle the building in sections, beginning with the interior and then moving to the exterior and frame of the building. The project is expected to take approximately one month. Plans for construction of a new structure are still to be announced but may begin as soon as 2020.
Truestream, GLE’s new fiber internet and voice network, plays a vital role in the need to expand. Launched in 2018 in rural parts of Emmet, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties, Truestream brings high-speed internet - with speeds up to 1 Gig - and voice services to homes and businesses that have long been without broadband connectivity. Truestream has created local employment opportunities, and with them, a need for more office and warehouse space.
“We are excited to begin the initial demolition work and first steps toward expanding our current headquarters in Boyne City, “said Bill Scott, President and CEO. “This is not only the first step in providing much-needed space to better serve our members but will also increase our capacity to provide more employment opportunities within the local economy.”
GLE’s board of directors approved the purchase of the 36,450 square foot building, which has stood vacant for approximately 15 years.