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Spring Lake Township Hall comes tumbling down

Marie Havenga • Nov 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM

SPRING LAKE — The walls of the former Spring Lake Township Hall came tumbling down Tuesday.

The Village of Spring Lake purchased the site last year for $350,000 after the township moved its operations into the nearby Village Hall, 102 W. Savidge St.

Village Manager Chris Burns said Village Council will decide in the spring what to do with the former Township Hall site, 101 S. Buchanan St.

Two more community engagement meetings will be scheduled this winter, according to Burns, so that council can seek public input on the site. The dates have not yet been set.

Initial plans included a farmers market/parking lot.

Burns said a community engagement meeting this past June generated many creative ideas for the site.

“We have to filter through those things and come up with some ideas,” she said. “The overwhelming majority of people didn't want something that would only be used a couple of hours a week, six months out of the year. They wanted something more multi-purpose. We had a ton of suggestions — a splash pad, green space — but we can't do all of them.”

The village obtained a $100,000 state grant to demolish the Township Hall.

Burns said she hopes to secure some grants for whatever project may land on the site.

For now, though, the land will sit vacant.

“We're going to scrape the site and leave it,” Burns said. “We'll let Mother Nature compact the soils and let everything sit over the winter.”

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