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Health Pointe construction halts?

Mark Brooky • Aug 17, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Gerry of Grand Haven asked, “Why has the construction of the proposed medical building next to Meijer’s stopped? Controversy?”

Answer:

The Health Pointe development has certainly been controversial, but the work stoppage is apparently temporary.

The medical office project, a joint venture between Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health and Holland Hospital, met much debate during hearings and consideration before Grand Haven Township officials. The Township Board gave the final OK in late March.

Health Pointe is being constructed on the west side of 172nd Avenue in a large outlot of the Meijer store complex in the township. Work began this spring — but, as Gerry noticed, it has stalled as of late.

“It is my understanding that the Health Pointe Board decided to ‘pause’ with regard to the construction phase of the project and only complete the majority of the underground site work until Judge Van Allsburg ruled on the motion to dismiss the Reenders’ appeal,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said.

Mark Reenders and an entity called Chester of Michigan LLC appealed the township’s decision to approve the development, but the Ottawa County judge dismissed the case last week.

“Now that the case has been dismissed, I understand that the Health Pointe Board will meet and authorize the construction phase of the project to move forward,” Cargo said. “I expect that Health Pointe will request a construction permit for the foundation and structural steel within the very near future.”

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