SLT reveals fire barn plans

Township Manager Gordon Gallagher is expected to unveil the preliminary plans for a new fire station at the northeast corner of M-104 and Fruitport Road at Wednesday's Spring Lake Village Planning Commission meeting.
Marie Havenga
Mar 4, 2013

Spring Lake Township paid $390,000 last summer for two residential parcels that stretch from Fruitport Road east to the Burger King property.

The 2.5 acres are currently zoned residential and the village master plan projects the property to remain that way. Any other use would require a recommendation from the village's planners and final approval from Village Council.

Gallagher said the township has not yet hired an architect and the drawings consist of an aerial photo of the site, but with some conceptual footprints — one with a new township hall and one without. One drawing features a parking lot in front, another on the rear of the property.

“We're very early in the process,” Gallagher said. “We just want to work through this diligently and work with our neighbors and talk about why we think this is necessary.”

Gallagher approached Village Council last summer about the potential plans for a new fire station and township hall. Several council members were upset that the township had purchased the property without first consulting the village.

Gallagher wore a bullet-proof vest to that meeting as an icebreaker, joking with council that he wasn't sure if he was welcome.

Gallagher said this week that he wants to move through the process slowly.

“We want to talk through the preliminary thoughts and work through the process ... so we can all be on the same page,” he said.

The current Spring Lake Township Hall at 106 S. Buchanan St. was built in the 1960s.

“It is not very energy-efficient,” Gallagher said.

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Comments

christopher

I am generally a big supporter of Spring Lake Township, but I wonder ... is wearing a bullet proof vest a good idea as an "ice breaker"? Is that really funny?

Maybe I just need to lighten up.

Lena

"Not energy-efficient"? Buy a new furnace and insulate. I had to and it's going to take several years to pay for.
Where are they getting the money to build new with so many of us struggling to just get by? Why is a new fire barn needed? Make due with what you have like the rest of us taxpayers.

christopher

@Lena, Your comments are interesting. I also wonder about this. It seems like a bit or remodeling of the current structure could make good sense.

newspaperlawyer

Maybe one should ask for the real reason Chief Neville left the fire department or force out of the fire department... I think their are many unanswered questions that needs to be answered before I vote for an increase in taxes.

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