Village to rezone for Spring Lake market

In a move that could help bring a community market to town, Spring Lake Village Council went against a recommendation from its Planning Commission on Monday night and voted to rezone the village's remaining industrial properties to a central business district tag.
Marie Havenga
Aug 20, 2014


Although the village's long-term Master Plan calls for rezoning, several planning commissioners said at last month's meeting that they thought it would be better to hold off on rezoning until firm plans for the properties are in place.

The properties that will now be ripe for commercial development include 510 and 701 Liberty St., the vacant parcel at the southeast corner of School and Exchange streets, and 203 S. Cutler.

Developer Vince Labozzetta said he hopes to transform the blighted factory building at 203 S. Cutler into a community marketplace with space for artists and musicians, health and wellness practitioners, a distillery, brew pub, restaurant, food trucks, kayak and bike rental vendors, and more.

Village Manager Chris Burns said the current industrial zoning doesn't allow for any of Labozzetta's proposed uses in the 70,000-square-foot building, but a central business district does.

“Village Council is taking their cues from the Master Plan document itself,” Burns said. “That and the fact that Mr. Labozzetta expressed his desire to get some leases signed with tenants who currently can't be in place in that location with a zoning of industrial.”

Burns said any existing industrial uses could be grandfathered in.

“Central business district is in keeping with the Master Plan and the vision for the future of all four of these lots,” she said.

Councilman Scott VanStrate cast the lone dissenting vote, saying the village already has enough vacant commercial space.

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I would agree with Scott VanStrate at this one. There are plenty of open commercial spaces in town for all of these potential places to sign leases at. I am all for redevelopment but lets make sure it is the best use of land.


I agree with LakerVille and Scott also. Take a drive thru downtown Spring Lake and look at all the vacant buildings and space. I've heard this from other people in the Tri-Cities about Spring Lake. Besides, there's a lot more traffic thru downtown Spring Lake that would help get businesses noticed. I agree the property mentioned above is worth looking into, but Savage in SL needs to be re-evaluated.


Keep letting Burns burn through the Village and push her agenda with council in her pocket. Hate driving through the Village. Hopefully the by-pass will help. Burn in _ _ _ _!


I think it sounds like a great idea! That building is an eye sore and it sits near one of the nicest parks in Spring Lake, Mill Point. With the improvements of the bike path, the bridge through the wetlands and the new kayak launch area nearby on the river that whole area could become an attractive part of town that people want to visit and spend time in, year round. And maybe if we can get a place similar to the new Farmer's Market in Grand Rapids, it would draw in enough people that other, smaller shops currently available in Spring Lake would become attractive too. Has anyone looked at all the interesting things going in around the new Farmer's Market in Grand Rapids? It's created it's own mini, urban renewal. I'm excited to see what can be done with the has a lot of potential.


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