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Edison clears key hurdle in Superior transformer plan

Mark Thompson-Kolar
The Ypsilanti Press

The Superior Township Planning Commission granted a conditional use permit Wednesday to install two Detroit Edison co. power transformers near Dixboro and Plymouth roads.

If all goes well, Edison hopes to have the new transformers functioning by next June.

But before the construction can begin, a final site plan must gain approval from the commission and the Township Board.

Edison Supervising Engineer Robert Gehrke said the two-transformer installation would serve the electricity needs of Superior Township, including Domino's Farms and the Ann Arbor Technology Park.

"This will take loads off the substation that feeds (the) Catherine McAuley (Health Center) right now," he said.

The permit depends on the adherence of site plans to several conditions:

• No additional transformers may be added to the installation, although transformers with greater power-handing capacities could replace the ones installed initially;

• More landscaping and mixed shrub and tree types must be added;

• Positions of all under-ground electrical cables must be shown on the final site plan;

• The Review Board must approve design elements for the proposed gate and brick selection for the building.

"We want to have this in service by June 30, 1990" to help with heavy power demands during the mid-summer months, said Edison senior architect Dennis Kelly. "(The process) seems a little prolonged. Normally we don't encounter this type of public involvement."

After approving the permit, a partial electrical outage forced commissioners to conduct some of their business in the dark.

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