Holiday Inn demands delay of bike path link

There's a kink in the missing link of the Tri-Cities Connector path. Village of Spring Lake officials had hoped to complete a 600-foot extension of the nonmotorized path prior to Memorial Day, but Holiday Inn officials want a say in how it looks and how it's constructed.
Marie Havenga
Apr 20, 2012

The 8-foot-wide path would be immediately north of the hotel parking lot on Michigan Department of Transportation land.

Holiday Inn officials said they want to see engineering, elevation and landscaping plans before allowing contractors on hotel property to construct the path, which would connect the existing bike path as it emerges from under the M-104 bridge to the Tri-Cities Connector path on the south side of Savidge Street.

Village staff said construction would be more efficient using the hotel parking lot for a staging area, and estimated costs would add about $9,000 to the $58,000 project without that access.

Holiday Inn General Manager April Schmidt read a letter from hotel spokesman Larry Lenchner at Monday's Village Council meeting. Lenchner said he was unable to attend because his mother-in-law had open-heart surgery on the east side of the state.

Schmidt read off 13 items that Holiday Inn officials would like included in the project, including a 4-foot-tall ornamental fence, similar to the existing fence near Savidge Street.

The letter also states the hotel "would like to dictate” how many, what kind and where trees are planted; and wants to require the village to pick up debris on the hill between the bike path and Savidge Street at least twice a month.

If the village doesn't comply with the wishes, it may not be able to use Holiday Inn property during construction, according to Lenchner, who is a spokesman for hotel owner Jeffrey Ishpia.

Lenchner told the Tribune in a telephone interview from Birmingham that former Village Manager Ryan Cotton “promised” him a 4-foot ornamental fence and other design and landscaping elements during numerous conversations over the past two years.

Village officials said they had originally hoped to obtain an easement across the Holiday Inn parking lot, but that deal never came together.

Lenchner said even though the path is now proposed for MDOT property, he still wants it to look nice.

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Comments

fmiller13

Once again...I told you so!

ThomasLieber

I think that would be a good project. I like the idea and the concept actually. This could really be effective. Good job on this. - Tax Tiger

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