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Cemetery to begin 65-acre development soon

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published October 14, 2015

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Resurrection Cemetery believes it’s a good time to further meet the needs of the community.

The cemetery, which has been a mainstay in Clinton Township for decades, received unanimous approval from the Clinton Township Board of Trustees in September to develop a 65-acre addition on its property.

Development first approved by the Township Planning Commission will take place along the land fronting the north line of Clinton River Road, and the west line of Romeo Plank Road.

Resurrection Director Tim Burrows said the development is simply an expansion of the current property, which completed an approximate 30-acre addition around the year 2000.

The 30-acre portion holds indoor mausoleums. The cemetery has a total of five mausoleums: one built in the 1960s, one in the early ’90s, and the others in 2000, 2005 and 2014.

Though, rather than complete the proposed development in two phases — as was done in 2000 — this plan will complete all 65 acres in one phase.

Burrows said the needs of the community in the form of ground burial sections, mausoleums and more are at the heart of the plan.

“It just made sense from a cost perspective,” Burrows said. “It’s less disruption for families; we can do roads and things like that. We’re always in discussion with the master plan in the beginning. We’ve had the property all along, and it was just a matter of continuing the development and what we needed.

“We wanted to be ahead of the curve.”

Development will include underground work, planting trees, paving roads and similar projects.

Burrows explained that there is constant activity at the cemetery, with people coming and going all the time. They evaluate their situation every month and every year to see what is needed, and there’s no real preparation years in advance, except for the knowledge that more space will be needed eventually.

He mentioned that Most Holy Trinity Mausoleum located on the grounds was a two-year build from the time it broke ground, so cemetery officials don’t presell if they don’t have to. Inventory dictates what is or isn’t needed.

Trends, such as cremation, also impact decisions.

Cremation could be incorporated into mausoleums and there are many options, Burrows said, adding that there are also many traditional burial practices and mausoleums in the community.

No decision on any type of development takes place until it actually occurs.

“It’s very general at this point,” he said. “We’ll eventually go back and do due diligence, and that will be dictated by the community and what we have.”

Supervisor Bob Cannon lauded the cemetery prior to the approval of the site plan on Sept. 21, saying its beauty and open space has been inviting to all individuals.

“Resurrection has been a great asset to Clinton Township,” Cannon said. “They’ve been a great community partner in many activities. They’re the ones who gave us a substantial amount of money to put a bike trail down the 18-mile corridor where we have the arboretum, and anytime we’ve asked them to do anything, they’ve not only done it but done it well.”

Burrows said the cemetery hopes to “soon” start land balancing, which will be followed by paving roads, planting trees and landscaping. There is no definitive timetable at this time.