Developer wants to revive Marina Bay

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Chris VanderHoff of Caledonia-based Bosco Construction hopes to jumpstart Marina Bay, which is located on the south side of Savidge Street between the Holiday Inn and Village Cove Marina.

A public hearing for VanderHoff's plans is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Barber School, 102 W. Exchange St.

VanderHoff said he has been eyeing Marina Bay for several years. The condominium development was launched in 2004, but it stalled in 2007 when the economy began to slide.

VanderHoff told village planning commissioners this week that if they and Village Council approve, he plans to construct 10 single-family residences on the east side of the private road that runs through the property, and possibly two duplexes or a duplex and a triplex near the existing clubhouse and pool.

The existing waterfront condos would be considered Marina Bay 1 under VanderHoff's plan. The new homes would be Marina Bay 2.

Residents would be able to purchase existing boat slips on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to the developer.

“I think it's a great location,” VanderHoff said. “I always like to be around water. I think there's a demand for single-family-type homes.

"There are plenty of common-wall condos in Spring Lake and Grand Haven that are not sold yet," he added. "Stand-alone homes — there's a demand for that.”

VanderHoff said he would bury an existing foundation that was never built upon by the first developer. He plans to later uncover it and build a "six-plex."

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