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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