Grand extension planned

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:56 PM

The Grand Haven Planning Commission gave the developers the OK to have a public hearing on Aug. 13 for the second phase of the new plans for the site.

“I want to get the process started and get the shovel in the ground,” developer Chris Piwowarczyk said. “It is my intention to have three buildings under construction before the first frost. We’re burning daylight, so to speak.”

The Planning Commission has hosted several work sessions with the Grand Landing developers to hammer out details on their request to amend the original planned development that dates back to 2006.

“We’ve beaten this to death, and I appreciate all of the meetings we’ve had,” said Piwowarczyk, of the The Eyde Co. of Lansing. “I think we’ve got a good site plan that keeps in the spirit of the original planned development.”

Piwowarczyk said he was concerned that if the process took any longer, it might hamper his ability to proceed on getting projects started on the long-vacant portion on the north side of Adams Avenue.

“If I push it out any further, we are literally running out of time in 2013 to do anything,” he said. “We would end up mothballing the north property until the spring.”

Should planners approve the plans, the development amendment would be forwarded to City Council for its approval. From there, planning officials said the process would be similar to any other development project.

“Once each section goes to be developed, they will go through a detailed site plan review,” City Community Development Manager Jennifer Howland said.

The entire Grand Landing development was purchased from receivership in 2012 by East Lansing-based Redstar Shores LLC for about $3 million.

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