Grand extension planned

The new owners of Grand Landing are moving along in their quest to have new development rise out of the ground at the north end of the site, but they say they're running against the clock.
Alex Doty
Jul 25, 2013

 

The Grand Haven Planning Commission gave the developers the OK to have a public hearing on Aug. 13 for the second phase of the new plans for the site.

“I want to get the process started and get the shovel in the ground,” developer Chris Piwowarczyk said. “It is my intention to have three buildings under construction before the first frost. We’re burning daylight, so to speak.”

The Planning Commission has hosted several work sessions with the Grand Landing developers to hammer out details on their request to amend the original planned development that dates back to 2006.

“We’ve beaten this to death, and I appreciate all of the meetings we’ve had,” said Piwowarczyk, of the The Eyde Co. of Lansing. “I think we’ve got a good site plan that keeps in the spirit of the original planned development.”

Piwowarczyk said he was concerned that if the process took any longer, it might hamper his ability to proceed on getting projects started on the long-vacant portion on the north side of Adams Avenue.

“If I push it out any further, we are literally running out of time in 2013 to do anything,” he said. “We would end up mothballing the north property until the spring.”

Should planners approve the plans, the development amendment would be forwarded to City Council for its approval. From there, planning officials said the process would be similar to any other development project.

“Once each section goes to be developed, they will go through a detailed site plan review,” City Community Development Manager Jennifer Howland said.

The entire Grand Landing development was purchased from receivership in 2012 by East Lansing-based Redstar Shores LLC for about $3 million.

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Comments

Say no to new taxes

Don't let them "rush" anything through. This project has already cost the taxpayers a bundle of money. Proceed with caution, because once it's built it's going to be there a long time.

Karingh

oh dear lord...The Eyeds are involved?? Lived in Lansing 14 years...had a run in with them when one of their work trucks hit my car...NOT nice people....stay in Lansing!

gordbzz231

the project would have been underway all ready, but the city had to study it,

bigdeal

...as well they should. I believe it is their job? However, after seeing their oversight on the original phases of construction it leaves everyone wondering if they are even qualified.

Developer says it's OK, so go ahead and build away!!
Don't bow to bully developers, it's what they do. The bigger company, the bigger bully. They also cut costs and corners whenever possible to put more $$ in their own pocket (and damn the consequences) - which must be monitored or everyone loses.

Vladtheimp

If I were a member of the Planning Commission I would view this article, and the developer's comments, as an attempt to pressure the Commission to an early decision. I would ask myself what's the rush, what are they trying to hide or avoid, and I would take even more time to review all documents to ensure I haven't missed anything. How long has this project remained fallow? How long did it take to get the original project approved, and how is it being amended?

ghresident

Get ready for three apartment buildings, that's what's next on their agenda.

Gwen66

It HAD so much potential....nodding my head in dismay.

 

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