A Gravel Mine in Lyndon?
McCoig Materials, which operates seven concrete plants in the Detroit area, wants to open its first sand and gravel mine on 158 acres across from Green Lake. The site is smack dab in the middle of the Pinckney and Waterloo recreation areas and has been occupied for the last 10,000 years by Stofer Hill, at 1,050 feet one of the highest points in the area.
When McCoig is finished in twenty to thirty years, Stofer Hill will be gone, all of its sand and gravel hauled away by sixty to eighty tandem trucks driving daily down M-52 through Chelsea to I-94. In its place will be a pit twenty-five to fifty feet lower than the surrounding landscape.
"It's a heavy industrial operation which will remove a beautiful piece of property," says John Enos of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, which provides planning services to Lyndon Township. "They do have a plan to renew it into a fifty-plus acre lake surrounded by wooded property when they're done. It'll be nice, but it won't be what it is now."
The 200 folks at the February township planning commission meeting who heard and commented on McCoig's special land use zoning request clearly want the property to stay as it is.