Twp. lands some more acreage

Spring Lake Township officials are keeping their options open for a new fire barn site.
Marie Havenga
Mar 29, 2013


Plan A would cost less than $400,000. Plan B is more than $2 million.

The township bought property on the northeast corner of Fruitport Road and Savidge Street this past summer. Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said the township has also entered into an option agreement for 5 acres on the southwest corner of that same intersection.

Four years ago, the village approved office and retail uses for the southwest corner site under a planned unit development proposed by local developer and property owner John Doezema. However, the economy stalled and that development never got off the ground.

The current state equalized value of the property is $428,400, which sets the true cash value at $856,800, according to township assessing records.

The township paid Doezema $500 in mid-January for the option to purchase the commercially zoned land for $2.4 million. That option expires April 1.

Township officials hope to negotiate a further option with Doezema for less than the previously discussed $5,000 per month to extend the agreement beyond Monday.

Gallagher said the property would give the township another potential building site for a new fire barn and possibly a township hall.

Since the Doezema property is zoned for commercial use, it would not require having to go through the rezoning process, just site plan approval from the Village Planning Commission.

The township paid $390,000 for residentially zoned land at the northeast corner of that intersection last year for a potential fire barn. Those plans would require rezoning approval by the village.

Village planning commissioners were less than enthusiastic last month when Gallagher presented preliminary plans for a fire barn on the land, which lies between Burger King and Fruitport Road. They cited traffic, noise and aesthetic concerns.

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I had NO idea the S.L. Twp board had so much of the tax payers money to use.

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Does anyone know the answer to this question?

Why do taxpayer- funded bureaucracies (school districts, governments, etc.) pay large option fees to lock in properties at prices over market value?

Another example was Spring Lake Schools – the LeClair property east of Jeffers Elementary.

I think I know, but does anyone have firsthand knowledge?


Can someone please let me ... as a Spring Lake Township resident know why on earth we need a new township hall and fire station? It does not feel like anyone is explaining this to the residents. Very discouraging.


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