Township Voters to Consider Community Center Proposal in November

Community Center exterior drawing (website)
Plainfield Township voters in November will consider a millage proposal to finance the construction of a new Community Center.

At its July 26 meeting, the Township’s Board of Trustees approved language for the Nov. 2 ballot that asks voters to consider financing the construction of a $23.5 million Community Center on the campus of the Belmont location of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. If approved, the average Plainfield Township homeowner would pay $87 per year.

The 52,000-square-foot multiuse facility would serve as a center for community activity and engagement in the Township. The space would feature an indoor walking track, flexible meeting spaces for a variety of classes, a demonstration kitchen, areas for senior programming, fitness classrooms and a gymnasium.

Separate from a YMCA membership, the Community Center would be available to all Plainfield Township residents with minimal fees to cover the cost for class instructors or room rentals. Features such as the indoor walking track would be available to residents at no cost during all times the facility is open.

The YMCA would be responsible for the costs of staffing and operating the building and could use the facility outside of the Community Center’s primary hours to enhance its own programming.

Financing Details

The millage proposal for the $23.5 million community investment would increase property taxes by an estimated 0.9067 mills over the next 20 years, costing the average Township homeowner approximately $87 per year.

A mill is 1/1,000 of a dollar, or 0.001 cents. If a tax rate (or millage rate) is one mill, a resident is taxed 0.001 cents for every dollar of the taxable value of their property. Currently, the average taxable value of a home in Plainfield Township is approximately $95,500. A property’s taxable value is located on each homeowner’s annual property assessment, which can be found here.

Property owners can calculate their own millage rate by dividing their taxable value by 1,000, then multiplying by 0.9067 mills.

For example: $95,500/1,000 = 95.5 x 0.9067 mills = $87 per year

A Space for the Community by the Community

In 2018, the Board of Trustees created a Community Center Citizens Advisory Committee to provide guidance on facility needs and design. Comprised of Township residents, the Committee explored existing facilities of similar function, size or scope in other communities and met with various groups that might make use of the new space. Additionally, the Committee gathered community feedback online and through several in-person meetings and workshops.

Earlier this month, Trustees agreed to move forward with the project’s conceptual design plans. In 2020, the Township Board paused the proposed community center on the Northview High School campus due the COVID-19 pandemic. This spring, Trustees expressed interest in pursuing a new site that was more centrally located in the Township.

For more information on the proposed Community Center, including draft floor plans and a site map, click here. For the latest updates on this project, subscribe to the Township’s weekly e-newsletter here.