Twp. expects population boom

Grand Haven Township officials say the number of residential development projects slated for review is a sure sign that the economy is on the upswing.
Alex Doty
Jul 5, 2014

“It has been slow to get rolling, but it seems to indicate things are getting better,” Township Supervisor Karl French said.

French noted that development began to slow down in 2007 and 2008 as the recession took hold.

Township Manager Bill Cargo said there’s a long list of projects in the pipeline:

• Comstock and 168th apartments — A 200-unit development scheduled to have a pre-application conference with the Township Planning Commission on Monday, July 7.

• Lincoln Pines planned unit development — A 199-lot subdivision to be developed by Eastbrook Homes. An amended development application is scheduled for a July 21 public hearing.

• Bignell Ridge planned unit development — A 24-unit condo development to be developed by Eastbrook Homes. An amended application is scheduled for a July 21 public hearing.

• Lincoln Street mixed-use planned unit development — A 173-unit residential development that will have a mix of single-family homes and condos.

• Bringham Woods — Phase II of the subdivision off 144th Avenue, south of River Haven. Phase II will have an additional 26 lots and is expected to break ground later this year.

• Timberview Apartments — The final two apartment buildings with a total of 48 units are expected to begin construction in late 2014.

• A small in-fill site condo development off Mercury Drive with a total of 13 lots.

“To me, what this shows is the last vestiges of the Great Recession have passed,” Cargo said. “A lot of projects have picked back up and are back online.”

If all of these developments are completed, the township would see an additional 670 residential units. This would translate to a population increase of about 1,434.

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Comments

Boycotter

So some folks will be making a lot of money while the rest of us will have to deal with increased traffic an urban sprawl.

LovingGH

So you'd prefer to still have the recession (fear of job loss, dropping home values, increased crime, etc.)? Life is not a big buffet (getting to pick and choose exactly the items you want), sometimes you need to eat vegetables before you eat desert. I wish the people who comment here would stop always looking for the negative in everything. Life is more enjoyable if you don't.

angelshorty18

So you're one of the people who actually believe the economy is coming back? 41 people were laid off from a shop in May, in grand haven & there still aren't many jobs out there unless you have a specific degree & experience. Even college grads can't find jobs in the fields they went into.
Some people are so naive

LovingGH

Naive? When the economy comes back, it doesn't necessarily do so for all businesses. There are other factors that may have influenced why 41 people were laid off (market factors changed, bad management, etc.). If you believe the economy is not better than it was 3 or 4 years ago, you must be living under a rock. The bottom line is developments weren't happening back then because the economy was in the tank - worst I have seen it in decades. The fact that so many development are occurring means these companies have money to invest and believe there will be buyers. Is every worker and job seeker happy? No. But that will never happen. Get real.

SCH39339

Well said.

LessThanAmused

No one cares what you think.

Barry Soetoro

I missed you LTA!

happycamper

You say, you see a lot of negative comment,s because people are fed up !!!

LovingGH

Fed up with what? Grand Haven and the fact that it is growing? If so, move. I challenge you to find a better place to live and raise a family than GH. The sad thing is that if you move, I think you will start complaining again there a couple of months later - it is built in your DNA.

SCH39339

Agreed, and likely an applicable description of most GHT consistently negative commenters.

LessThanAmused

More whining about others while bringing nothing to the conversation. Why don't you just shut up if you've got nothing to say?

deuce liti

Grand Haven is definitely a great place for rich older white ladies. No better place I tell you.

LovingGH

So you'd prefer to still have the recession (fear of job loss, dropping home values, increased crime, etc.)? Life is not a big buffet (getting to pick and choose exactly the items you want), sometimes you need to eat vegetables before you eat desert. I wish the people who comment here would stop always looking for the negative in everything. Life is more enjoyable if you don't.

Barry Soetoro

Brilliant analogy.

JimmyJazz

I agree Barry. Jazz hands to that.

Boycotter

the Grand Landing is already slated to be putting up a couple apartment buildings, will see how long you will be LovingGH while your sitting in traffic all day

LovingGH

I will take GH's traffic over other the traffic in other cities any day. Besides, at least our traffic is seasonal. What do you want? Have you seen towns on US highway routes that were bustling with business until the interstate decimated business and the local economy? That "traffic" is consumers helping GH businesses survive. You'll probably be the first to complain when the bypass is opened and local businesses and restaurants close. Every action has an equal an opposite reaction. You need to consider the opposite scenario carefully before you complain about what is.

unclejoe

Tight-pack apartment units and houses on wheels do not a vibrant community make. Just like to see GHT look at the long term consequences of our development choices, not just the tax base growth.

usecommonsense

Sounds to me like somebody is trying to justify asking for more money for the fire department. Seems to me if all this new construction is in the future the increased tax base will be more than enough to support the fire departments needs.

happycamper

It is great the building industry is slowly gaining, but i don't agree with all subdivisions going up everywhere, my house, the neighbors house and the rest all the way down the street looks all the same

Interestedreader

What does the building boom have to do with the with the upcoming fire Department/Rescue election?

usecommonsense

Grand haven township is crying poor around every corner. Cargo is going to say with all the future increased building the township is in need of more fire/rescue funds.If in fact all these stated projects do happen the increased tax base should support the fire rescue.

OutofCargo

I do not mind a population increase. It will mean more revenue for the Township. What I would like to see is some relief in the form of property taxes! It's like making a car payment every month and Grand Haven Township keeps asking for more money. Along with a water bill and what we pay for car insurance in this State, along with increased utility cost and rising food prices, residents are getting strangled to death.

happycamper

yep !

Interestedreader

Perhaps the rescue needs to be private enterprise,upwords of over 70% is rescue.

deuce liti

If only the wealthy could get more breaks. Those poor people own so much they're barely getting by.

happycamper

What i was getting at is the rich people are coming and wanting to make a fast buck, apartments and condo,s, dont anyone make a home for life anymore, that,s steady income for a our tax base, not the seasonal crap

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