“I was told (recently) by the developer that they should be in the ground by July 1,” Grand Haven City Manager Pat McGinnis said.
McGinnis said Redstar Shores LLC has all of its needed city approvals in order for it to pursue picking up development of the site.
A planned development amendment to the north end site was approved by City Council in April, and the city’s Planning Commission made approvals for the site plan several weeks back. This paves the way for up to 168 apartments, three restaurants and a 125-room hotel to be built on the property, north of Adams Street.
As the developer looks to get shovels in the ground, work has also been done by the city to deal with wetland issues related to the Grand Landing site.
City Council approved a consent agreement to correct permit deficiencies at Grand Landing and Harbor Island. The city has hired Lakeshore Environmental to construct the required wetland, and the company has prepared and submitted plans for review by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality.
“The original developer had planned to do a lot of infill of wetland areas,” McGinnis said. “The agreement was that they’d use Harbor Island as a mitigation site.”
With the original developers having lost the property to the bank before finishing the development, the mitigation site was never built.
“When Redstar bought the site, there was an agreement where the city accepted responsibility of building the wetland,” McGinnis said. “We always intended to make sure it was built.”
The planned 1.2-acre mitigation site will be located along the Grand River on Harbor Island, near the soccer fields and railroad tracks.
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