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Spring Lake Twp. gives preliminary OK to Spring Ridge

Marie Havenga • Aug 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The Spring Lake Township Board has granted preliminary approval for a revived housing development on the northwest side of the township.

If the township’s Planning Commission gives final approval to the planned unit development next month, construction of the 30-acre subdivision could finally get underway.

Township planning commissioners approved the development in 2013. However, due to delays in obtaining permits from state and federal agencies, by the time the residential development — to be built on the south side of VanWagoner Road, east of 168th Avenue — was ready for construction, township ordinances had changed and developers had to start over.

The original Spring Ridge, just north of Bridlepath Drive, called for 55 single-family homes. The revised site plan by developer Dale Kraker includes 50 single-family homes of varying architectural design, a community park, more wetlands protection and sidewalks on both sides of private roads.

“The next step is for them to get their final engineering and design work,” Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said. “The Planning Commission and the Township Board have both given them final approval. If the plan comes back remarkably similar, they will get final approval.”

Gallagher said he thinks the scaled-down version of the development is a much better plan.

“They've provided park space and open space,” he said. “I think they've done a nice job of meeting the needs of the Township Planning Commission. They're developing something that will be very attractive.”

The developer plans to break ground as soon as final approval is granted by township planners. Home prices will start at about $350,000.

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