TCAPS Transfers 130.44 Acres of Property to Blair Township

Traverse City Area Public Schools announced Monday that they have transferred 130.44 acres of property to Blair Township.

They say discussions began in 2019 among TCAPS Administration and the Board of Education with the Oleson Family, Blair Township, TART Trails, and Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy in regards to 208 acres of TCAPS property located behind Blair Elementary School.

TCAPS says Blair Township expressed interest in developing a portion of the land for the purpose of meeting their Master Plan goals.

These goals include: developing and expanding an interconnected non-motorized trail system for recreational, civic, and commercial services within the Township, connectivity to the on-going development of the TART trail system, preserving open spaces and scenic views in the development of recreational opportunities and facilities, encouraging the development of neighborhood parks and constructing a new Township Fire Hall.

According to TCAPS, the Township has performed the needed surveys of the land, and have shared renderings and plans for future development.

TCAPS states following review of plans for the Township Fire Hall and future trails at their board meeting Monday, they moved to officially transfer 130.44 acres of land to Blair Township.

“TCAPS property is in the exact area that I have truly envisioned. The trail possibilities and outdoor activity possibilities are endless for Blair Township,” said Blair Township Supervisor, Nicole Blonshine. “The support, collaboration and excitement shared between Blair Township, TCAPS, the Oleson Family, TART Trails, and the Land Conservancy has been nothing less than incredible.”

“This is an important project for Blair Township and for Southern Grand Traverse County,” stated TCAPS Board Treasurer Matthew Anderson. “Nicole Blonshine and Christine Thomas-Hill (TCAPS Associate Superintendent) have led the way in this collaborative effort along with long-time community benefactors, the Oleson Family and TART Trails to realize the exciting future uses and potential of the property.”

TCAPS is now beginning the process of transferring the 130.44 acres of land to Blair Township. They say work is slated to start in 2022.