The Township Board is amid discussions that would allow the purchase of property adjacent to Hofma Preserve.
“The front half can be developed and the rear half is all forested wetlands,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “It works for us because it’d be part of the preserve.”
The Grand Rapids Catholic Diocese owns the property. They have asked for $499,000 for it.
The township approached the diocese in 2006 about the property, but the diocese wasn’t interested in a sale at that time due to a desire to build a new church. The diocese’s plans have since changed, and now the property will be listed for sale on the open market.
“They want to sell it to us — that is their first choice,” Cargo said. “They want it to be in the public arena.”
The land is vacant and its taxable value is about $150,000. Cargo noted that if it were bought for public use, the impact on the township’s bottom line would be minimal.
“The board has instructed me to work through a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant process,” Cargo said. “It’ll require an appraisal of the property.”
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