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.
For more information about Labozetta’s idea, visit www.millpointmarket.com.
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