Growth and development in Bath Township
Bath is a suburban community committed to sustainable growth, located in Clinton County, just north of East Lansing. With easy access to the I-69 highway, Lansing is not far removed from Bath’s downtown. The community is friendly with a small-town feel, where agriculture and suburban living flourish in harmony.
With a low tax climate, incentives for businesses and a Downtown Development Authority interested in creating a business-friendly and mixed-use downtown, Bath is primed and ready for growth. Bath currently boasts a sizable student population, an emerging technology center with notable companies like I.T. Right and BS&A Software and an active year-round Farmers Market.
In most recent developments, the Bath Farmers Market was awarded a $58,000 USDA grant. A series of workshops on website development and analytics, social media and branding will be customized to meet the needs of small-scale vendors using outlets such as farmers markets. This vendor training will improve marketing capabilities of vendors to benefit their own businesses, in turn successfully impacting the Market overall.
Bath also celebrates local agriculture success stories, such as Ten Hens Farm, which was recently featured on the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission’s Third Annual Ultimate Mid-Michigan Bus Tour, which explores the innovative links between economic development and land use. Ten Hens, an organic producer, has been recognized for their innovative agricultural practices, including extended growing seasons through the use of hoop houses. Ten Hens Farm is also a produce vendor at the Farmers Market.
Bath has seen recent commercial developments along Marsh Road with the opening of Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool Center in the summer of 2015 and a new Lansing Urgent Care facility later this spring. Across the street is Monticello’s Meat Market & Butcher Block, a recently expanded family-owned and operated specialty meat and grocery store.
More development is taking place in southern Bath, near the Chandler Crossings commercial area. New student housing “The Rocks” opened this past fall with 219 residential units. Along with this development, two new businesses have opened in the Chandler Crossings shopping center. The Village Market Grocery Store has re-opened under new ownership, and a brand new restaurant: Yummy Yum’s Vietnamese and Thai Cuisine.
Bath’s residents and businesses continue to grow in both diversity and vibrancy. Bath Township is excited and hopeful for what the future holds and, as always, welcomes visitors.
Emily Bosch is a Freelance Economic Development Writer and a resident of Bath, Mich.