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New housing coming to corner of Franklin, Third

Alex Doty • May 4, 2018 at 1:00 PM

The landscape at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Third Street in downtown Grand Haven will soon change.

Developers from Capstone Companies are waiting for the go-ahead to begin work on a new four-unit, brownstone-style residential project that will be built on the northeast corner of that intersection.

“The plan itself is approved,” said Capstone co-owner David TenCate. “Now the building department has to issue an actual building permit. ... We will be working diligently through the summer hoping to have product ready 4-5 months from now.”

The project — which consists of row house units — will front Franklin and be set just off the sidewalk. The new residences will include luxury finishes and two-stall garages, which are unique for downtown Grand Haven, TenCate said.

“It will basically start on the corner (of Third) and work eastward toward the courthouse,” he said. “It will be 120 feet or so.”

As part of the plans, the driveway leading onto the Capstone parking lot from Franklin Avenue adjacent to the Girl Scouts house will be removed. Green space between the new residences and the Girl Scouts house will be added.

TenCate said the existing driveways off Third and Washington will remain, and access to the condos’ garages will be through an easement in the Capstone/Chase Bank parking lot.

“When the condos are finished, then we will re-landscape the entire site,” TenCate said, noting that the whole parking lot for the Capstone/Chase Bank building will also be improved.

The construction of the new building means an end to the RV camping in the Capstone parking lot during the Coast Guard Festival weekend, TenCate said.

“Sadly, I’ve told them all that it’s not going to happen this year,” he said. 

Grand Haven Main Street Executive Director Diane Sheridan said the project is a good addition to the downtown area.

“When looking for infill development, you want it to be a high-quality project that makes sense,” she said. “This project actually checks a lot of boxes.”

Sheridan noted that converting the parking lot — which is private property — into a residential space is a good use of land. She also noted that the inclusion of the two-stall garages helps the development meet the city’s parking code.

“The developers have done their due diligence and looked at the downtown vision plan,” Sheridan said.

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