Simpler plan introduced

Grand Landing developers hope their latest proposal is on the right track.
Alex Doty
Nov 15, 2013


Red Star Shores LLC submitted a reworked plan to the Grand Haven Planning Commission after the developer’s original proposal was rejected.

“Overall, I think it had a better reception than the last plan,” Mayor Geri McCaleb said. “I think members of the Planning Commission were pleased with the changes that were made.”

Those changes were reviewed by the commission Tuesday night at a work session. A public hearing was then scheduled to hear comment from the community.

City Community Development Manager Jennifer Howland said the hearing could come as soon as Dec. 10, but noted the date isn’t set in stone.

“We will continue to work with them to make sure it is as good as it can be,” she said.

The new plan tweaks what was originally proposed after developers took ownership of the property. It called for 204 apartments with a clubhouse and pool, a hotel, two restaurants, and two retail/office buildings.

The latest proposal modifies the residential component to make it less dense by reducing the number of units, making buildings smaller and increasing open space. The installation of a kayak launch along the river was also mentioned.

“I think the biggest change is that they reduced the number of apartment units to 168, and all of the buildings are 12 units,” Howland said.

If the Planning Commission acts favorably on the proposal in December, it could be advanced to City Council shortly thereafter, City Manager Pat McGinnis said.

“We’re not going to rush anything through,” McGinnis said. “We’ve got a lot of finer points to consider.”

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


Real estate maven

How about a timeline and schedule to execute their proposed plan? Any zoning should carry a sunset provision so the developer has to deliver the project in a reasonable time or revisit the zoning designation. Intelligent planning 101! Do we know if this developer has the wherewithal to deliver the project? What similar projects has he completed. Sponsorship matters greatly!!


Finer points? Such as??
Things to be considered.....Do we NEED more apartments in the city? What will the rent be? What kind of restaurants....more sandwich shop/pizza places, (NOT needed)or sit-down family (Applebee-type) (which I would welcome) restaurants? How much retail/office space (which will join the rest of the empty retail/office buildings in town)?

Say no to new taxes

Do the residents of Grand Haven really need or want 168 apartments there? I say NO! I'm sure the existing unsold condo's are going to be turned into rentals, why add even more? What do the residents of that neighborhood think of this latest proposal? Anybody bother to ask them? The TAXPAYERS of Grand Haven got stuck with the bill to clean up that site, we should have a strong voice (or even vote) on what is built there. Whatever is built there is going to be there a long time, you better make sure it's a good fit into the rest of the community and not turned into the "Grand Disaster"


"City Community Development Manager Jennifer Howland said the hearing could come as soon as Dec. 10, but noted the date isn’t set in stone."

I would hope that all community members that would like their concerns or opinions heard about this site will be there. It is OUR community and it is OUR right and responsibility to make our voices heard. @ Alex Doty please keep us informed of the dates.


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