Grand Blanc Township, Michigan

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Grand Blanc Charter Township is a charter township of Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 29,827 at the 2000 census. The City of Grand Blanc is situated within the township, but is administratively autonomous. An effort to consolidate the city and township into a single political entity was rejected by voters in both the city and township on May 2, 2006.

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Communities

  • Whigville, also known as Gibsonville,[3] is an unincorporated community as designated by the posted signs in the Township along Hill Road, Dort Highway and Saginaw Street which form a triangle (known locally as "The Point"). Just north of the City of Grand Blanc, Whigville constitutes a commercial district in the Township with restaurants, banks, automobile dealerships and other retail stores in this location.[4]

History

Originally settled by Chippewa Indians, the township took its name—French for "Great white"—from French traders who arrived before 1800. Afterwards, pioneer families began settling in the township. The oldest unit of government in Genesee County, Grand Blanc Township was organized in 1833. The township began to boom in 1862 with the arrival of the railroad. The City of Grand Blanc incorporated as a city in 1930.

Today, both the city and township governments cooperate to provide services for the community, including parks and recreational facilities, senior citizens' services, the Grand Blanc Heritage Museum, McFarlen Public Library, and the oldest public school district in Michigan, the highly-rated Grand Blanc Community Schools, which were formed in 1904.

The township is home to Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, site of the (now defunct) Buick Open golf tournament; the world headquarters of General Motors' Service Parts Operations; and the Genesys Regional Medical Center. Shopping centers, churches, and restaurants are also located throughout the township, and new housing developments continue to be built. More recently, a 14-screen movie theater owned by NCG Cinemas has been built as part of the Trillium Park development, which is still under development. Another large development that has been created is Heritage Park which is home to Kohl's, Staples, PetSmart, MC Sports, Wal-mart, Sam's Club, and several other smaller businesses. The township is served by public transportation (the MTA), I-75, I-475, and M-54.

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