Look-alike names for 2 projects bring confusion

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Similar names for two very different development projects in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula created a bit of confusion.

So the project called The Village at Grand Traverse LLC that includes a planned Meijer Inc. store in Grand Traverse County's Acme Township is changing its name.

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons Development LLC, which is redeveloping a historic former state hospital site in Traverse City, will keep its name.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/IbFpgn) both groups organized in 2003. Raymond Minervini II, a partner in the hospital site project, says anything that leads to such confusion "is problematic."

Steve Smith, a principal in the Acme Township project, says he wasn't aware until recently of the name issue. He says agreeing to the change was the fair thing to do.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com