Six developments approved by the Madison County Board of Supervisors for the unincorporated community of Gluckstadt all occurred in the month of November.
With a ruling on the incorporation trial expected by next summer, Gluckstadt is getting geared up to become a city.
Some of the most recent developments are Slim Chickens, a national level chain restaurant, Candlewood Suites, a hotel, and Sullivan’s Market, a grocery store.
Slim Chickens will be located between the Gluckstadt Animal Clinic and an office building. Candlewood Suites will be located on the west side of interstate 55 near the south bound ramp at the Gluckstadt exit. Sullivan’s Market will be a large building; 35,000 square feet.
Other developments include the approval of the Mannsdale Dental site plan, Germantown Office complex, Gluckstadt retail and Johnson commercial site plan.
Walter Morrison, the acting mayor of Gluckstadt, had this to say: “The reasons for these developments are multifaceted. The Gluckstadt area has tremendous public schools and anyone who wants to move to a new place wants their kids to have a good place to go to school and I think Germantown fits that mold.”
“Also,” Morrison continued, “taxes are very low out here, crime is low and we have a relatively good, and although becoming a burden, infrastructure. I think all of these reasons attract people to live in this area.”
According to Kerry Minninger when residents of Gluckstadt area were polled for what type of developments they would like to see, a grocery store was at the top of their list. Part of the reason for these developments are the developing needs of a growing community.
“We’re gonna see a lot more of the same, hotels, retails, a grocery store —it wouldn’t surprise me,” said Morrison. “Any type of development that needs a growing population will be attracted to Gluckstadt, because there are lots of people out there with a growing list of needs business could supply.”
Shah-Il Desai, one of the owners and developers of Candlewood suites agreed with Morrison.
“The population growth over the last five years is astonishing. Amazon just moved here. The growth trend that was in Ridgeland and Madison five years ago has moved out here,” said Desai.