Great Lakes Energy Cooperative (GLE), announced today the purchase of 1315 Boyne Avenue in Boyne City, formerly a Carter’s Food Center.
The building and parking lot is adjacent to GLE’s headquarters building located at 1323 Boyne Avenue and will provide much needed infrastructure and space for the growth the electric cooperative has experienced in recent years.
“We’re excited to announce our expansion in Boyne City, which has been home to GLE since 1937” said Bill Scott, President and CEO. “The community here is so supportive and we’re looking forward to our continued growth to better serve our members and employees.”
GLE has been slowly outgrowing their current building and began to identify and pursue possible locations within the Boyne City community last year.
Truestream, GLE’s new fiber internet and voice network, plays a vital role in the need to expand. Launched in 2018 in rural parts of Emmet, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties, Truestream brings high-speed internet, with speeds up to 1 Gig, and voice services to homes and business that have long been without broadband connectivity. Truestream has created local employment opportunities and with it a need for more office and warehouse space.
“This expansion is a positive sign of growth for Great Lakes Energy, our Truestream network and the local economy,” continued Scott. “Plans for renovation will be shared as they become available, we’re just in the very early stages right now.”
In the upcoming months, GLE will be selecting an architect and working with stakeholders to identify the exact needs and best uses for the expansion. Construction could begin as soon as 2020.
GLE’s board of directors approved the purchase of the new building in early 2019. Jeff Wellman, broker/owner of North Harbor Christie’s International Real Estate in Boyne City, helped to secure the purchase of the 36,450-square foot property which was formerly home to Carter’s Food Center but has stood vacant for approximately 15 years.
As the largest electric cooperative utility in the state and one of the largest in the nation, GLE serves more than 120,000 electric cooperative members in 26 counties in western, lower Michigan. The cooperative operates eight offices throughout their service area. For more information about Great Lakes Energy visit gtlakes.com. For more information about Truestream visit truestreamfiber.com.