City Manager Colleen O'Toole offered the following statement to Uplift Shiawassee on Thursday morning:
"Over the last year representatives from the city have worked to identify and build a relationship with a regional Taco Bell franchisee, Dortch Enterprises. The company has a track record of success in building and managing a variety of fast food and fast casual restaurant chains. They are now prepared to move forward with pre-planning, including submission of a letter of intent to purchase approximately 1.89 acres of city owned property directly west of the Water Treatment Plant on Lansing Highway for the purposes of building a new Taco Bell. We are excited to work with such a professional and accomplished Michigan-based businesses, and look forward to sharing more details with the public as this project progresses."