Village could soon offer rental space

Village Hall may soon have rooms for rent — not of the nightly hotel variety, but long-term leases for compatible businesses, professionals or entrepreneurs.
Marie Havenga
Aug 26, 2014


In an effort to utilize vacant space and bring extra income to village coffers, Village Council on Monday authorized paying an architectural firm up to $4,457 to conduct a feasibility study and determine the best use of space.

Since transitioning police service to Ottawa County earlier this summer, the first floor has available space that was once occupied by the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department.

The second floor also has lease potential of several thousand square feet, according to village officials.

The village has hired Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber — the architect firm for the Village Hall remodeling project in 2002 — to conduct a feasibility study to determine what space can be leased out and how to configure it all.

When designs were being discussed for the remodeling project 12 years ago, it was always part of the plan to lease extra space, particularly an upstairs office on the west side of the building, but those plans never materialized.

Village President Jim MacLachlan joked about the extra space at last week's council work session, saying the manager's work space “is the size of the oval office.”

MacLachlan noted that only three people are using 7,000 square feet of space. Since village planner Kathy Staton retired a couple of years ago, the upstairs no longer has a full-time employee in the planning and zoning office.

“The reorganization and consolidation of the village staff and functions which has occurred over the last couple of years has resulted in some excess office space,” MacLachlan said. “… We also have excess clerical office space.”

The situation is similar downstairs in the former police department space. With the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department now providing police services in the village, less space is being used than had been by the former police department.

“We have an office for a chief, an office for a sergeant, an office for a detective, an interrogation room, an evidence room, and evidence booking room, an armory for weapons and body armor,” MacLachlan said. “Much of that space is not needed as the county sheriff's facilities will be used for many of those functions.”

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The Police Department used to pay for most of the space on the main level. Those numbers were in the Village and City of Ferrysburg Police Department's Budget. So, you are telling me the Sheriff's Department Budget does not have the Building or Utility Costs in it ? Those budget numbers never were comparing apples to apples. The Village President and Village Council have been distorting those budget numbers to make the move look so much better. Ferrysburg told the Village we are not paying for your building anymore ! Marie Havenga should look at how much the joint Police Department was charged to be in that renovated building. How many more years does the Village owe on the bond ? Wake up tax payers...... it's the Jim and Christine Show !!!!!!!! no accountability for their decisions.....get rid of them....


There is something very fishy here, and always has been. Ferrysburg was charged rent, and also helped pay for the renovation. Does that city get back some of the cash from the upcoming rentals?


What is so funny about the police department being vacant and the manager's office being the size of the oval office, Mr. MacLachlan? By the time you and Burns get done nickel-and-diming the Village residents to death what have you saved? Certainly not your integrity.


I wouldn't rent anything from that mismanaged group. Agreed.


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