Aldi developer misses target date for 2nd time, but APS confident process moving forward

For the second time in approximately three months, the developer working for Aldi grocery stores has missed a promised deadline to turn over plans for a new transportation garage to Alpena Public Schools.

A purchase agreement between the school district and Vautgrand Holdings essentially calls for Vautgrand to build APS a new transportation garage near Wildcat Stadium at no cost to the district. In exchange, APS would transfer the M-32 bus garage property to Vautgrand, which would then construct an Aldi store for that retailer on the same piece of property.

Vautgrand originally had until about mid-November 2020 to turn over drawings of a new bus garage to APS, but asked for an extension to last Monday, February 15.  The company again failed to meet the deadline, but APS Superintendent David Rabbideau says Vautgrand is still working its way through the process, which he believes is moving forward. “We’re obviously hoping to hear back from them soon,” said Rabbideau, who noted the company has not established a new date to turn over the plans.

In the meantime, Michael Mahler, Economic Development Director for the local chamber of commerce announced last week, that he is also working with Vautgrand on a different project for Alpena. Mahler would not disclose details of the discussions, but said they were over a retail establishment of some sorts.