Township-hired architects presented the commission this week with preliminary plans for a new brick facility to be built on the northeast corner of Fruitport Road and M-104. The township purchased the 2.4-acre site last year for $390,000.
Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said the plans are so preliminary at this point that cost estimates and square footage are not yet available.
Tuesday's presentation was a preliminary step for a planned unit development request from the township.
Village Planning Commission Chairwoman Christine Miller said she isn't ready to support the idea.
“I'm really disappointed they didn't approach us before they bought the property,” she said. “It's a hard decision to grant a (planned unit development) when you are not excited about the project at all.”
The new facility would service the east side of the township. The 174th Avenue fire barn would continue to service the west side.
Township officials, consultants and Deputy Fire Chief Brian Sipe said the site is ideal because of its central location.
The initial plans project a two-story building, with a third-story portion for a meeting room. The buildings would be set close to M-104 to serve as a “gateway” to the community, according to architects from CR Architecture and Design, an Ohio-based firm specializing in fire facilities.
Planning commissioners questioned the partial third-story of the building, which would
bring its height to 40 feet.
“Coming into the village, that's all open countryside,” Commissioner David Kauchek said. “There's no way to hide that 40 feet.”
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