On Monday night, the Spring Lake Township Board approved a contract with developers that’ll allow construction to begin after three-and-a-half years in the works.
The Planning Commission has already granted the plan formal approval, which includes 50 single-family lots on 30 acres on the northwest side of the township.
Commissioners approved the development in 2013, but due to delays in obtaining permits from state and federal agencies, by the time the residential development on the south side of VanWagoner Road 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 the private roads.
Township Community Development Director Lukas Hill said the project includes a 0.7-acre park and a wetland overlook area on the western edge.
“It's quite attractive,” he said. “The wetlands will serve as open spaces.”
The project also includes bike paths along VanWagoner in front of the development.
Home prices will start at about $350,000.
Kraker said he plans to start site work next week.
Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said he's pleased with the revised plan.
“They had redrawn the development from something that had gotten approval a couple of years ago,” Gallagher said. “I think their new design is just better. They've provided park space and open space. 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.”
Gallagher said the development will help put carpenters, electricians and other trades people to work, which is good for the local economy.
“It is our expectation that the developer will do an excellent job with the building of these new homes along with the associated infrastructure,” he said. “Quality developments improve the community.”
Gallagher said adding customers to the township’s utility system also helps spread the fixed cost over more households.
“Also, the State of Michigan currently distributes revenue sharing dollars to local communities on a per capita basis, so a rising population means increased funding,” Gallagher said.