Council has unanimously given the green light to developer Chris VanderHoff to jumpstart construction on Marina Bay, which is located on the south side of Savidge Street between the Holiday Inn and Village Cove Marina.
The condominium development launched in 2004 under a different development company, but stalled in 2007 when the economy began to skid.
VanderHoff, of Caledonia-based Bosco Construction, plans 10 single-family residences on the east side of the private road that runs through the property and two duplexes near the existing clubhouse and pool.
The existing waterfront condos will be considered Marina Bay 1 under VanderHoff's plan. The new homes would be Marina Bay 2.
Although several current residents voiced concerns about density and parking at a recent Village Planning Commission meeting, commissioners recommended approval to Village Council.
VanderHoff said he plans to continue working closely with first-phase residents as he constructs phase 2.
The developer plans to bury an existing foundation that was never built upon by the first developer. In time, he hopes to uncover the poured walls and build a six-plex as originally designed.
“I think it's a great location,” VanderHoff said. “I always like to be around water. I think there's a demand for single-family type homes. There are plenty of common wall condos in Spring Lake and Grand Haven that are not sold yet. Stand-alone homes, there's a demand for that.”
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