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Simpler plan introduced

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Red Star Shores LLC submitted a reworked plan to the Grand Haven Planning Commission after the developer’s original proposal was rejected.

“Overall, I think it had a better reception than the last plan,” Mayor Geri McCaleb said. “I think members of the Planning Commission were pleased with the changes that were made.”

Those changes were reviewed by the commission Tuesday night at a work session. A public hearing was then scheduled to hear comment from the community.

City Community Development Manager Jennifer Howland said the hearing could come as soon as Dec. 10, but noted the date isn’t set in stone.

“We will continue to work with them to make sure it is as good as it can be,” she said.

The new plan tweaks what was originally proposed after developers took ownership of the property. It called for 204 apartments with a clubhouse and pool, a hotel, two restaurants, and two retail/office buildings.

The latest proposal modifies the residential component to make it less dense by reducing the number of units, making buildings smaller and increasing open space. The installation of a kayak launch along the river was also mentioned.

“I think the biggest change is that they reduced the number of apartment units to 168, and all of the buildings are 12 units,” Howland said.

If the Planning Commission acts favorably on the proposal in December, it could be advanced to City Council shortly thereafter, City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

“We’re not going to rush anything through,” McGinnis said. “We’ve got a lot of finer points to consider.”

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