Fire barn plans reviewed

Village planning commissioners aren't ready to jump onboard with the township's plans for a new fire barn and administration building.
Marie Havenga
Oct 25, 2013

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.”

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.




I haven't heard how much this is going to cost the Spring Lake Township tax payers.


I haven't heard how much this is going to cost the Spring Lake Township tax payers.


I haven't heard how much this is going to cost the Spring Lake Township tax payers.

Barry Soetoro

Put it to you this way....BOHICA




It is going to cost us a bundle. Instead of bringing this to the voters, the Township board is steamrolling through a tax increase (to cover this) without bringing it to the voters.


How many ways can you say Cityhood....


I don't get how this has gotten as far as it has with such little support. You have a vacant lot kitty-corner from this property. There is the old Mustang Ranch car dealership eyesore a 1/4 mile away...who benefitting by the demolition of these perfectly good homes (albeit in need of some paint)? Why put it at arguably the busiest intersection in town on a little piece of property that will likely require traffic back-ups waiting for firetrucks to be shuffled around. It goes along with the same idiocy that has Sunday traffic backed up waiting for an ill-located church parking lot to empty.


You have got to be kidding me?!?! That location is ridiculous! The site you are siting must benefit an individual(s); not the general Spring Lake taxpayers!


So the actual article in the paper says, "A 0.6-mill fire department special assessment approved by the Township Board several months ago would not pay for construction of the building, but could be used for design and administrative fees, according to Gallagher. The levy will launch in December and cost the owner of a $200,000 home an extra $60 a year in taxes." That is crazy that I have no say!!!

Now I am also being asked to consider a bond proposal for Spring Lake Public Schools. So if the Spring Lake Public School Bond goes through along with the proposed fire barn (which isn't even constructing the building) then my taxes will rise over $100. Is this correct? I just want to make sure I'm understanding all this.

It seems Spring Lake Public Schools may be getting the raw end of the deal with this fire barn proposal. I hope I'm wrong but could the timing be any worse?

This is what concerns me about a 30 year bond proposal with the school not knowing what other increases I may occur especially when I may or may not have a say.


Wait till Deputy Chief Brian Sipe comes back with recommendations to purchase a aerial truck or Squirt fire truck... I'm sure with all of his years of experience as a chief I would really take much advise. People what they are looking for is a full-time fire service and paramedic unit. I believe he tried to show this on TV news a fews ago. As a property owner and tax payer in SL, I am totally in support for increased fire services and equipment purchases when its warranted. But the call volume does not warrant this. But maybe the question that needs to be answered is if SL village and the Twp will combine totally or be separate governments. Which means the village would need to contract with someone else or start their own fire service.


Now add this to the bond for the school! Oh, I know there will be more over the years. Taxes go up but not our pay.

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