“They’re looking to add a free-standing boat storage facility on the northeast corner of the property,” City Community Development Manager Jennifer Howland said.
The Grand Haven Planning Commission this week unanimously approved a sensitive area overlay request by marina owners.
A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18 in front of the city's Zoning Board of Appeals to determine if the building can be constructed with a pitched roof as desired. If given the go-ahead by the zoning board, the building would be 7,200 square feet and 35 feet tall.
The planned structure has drawn some interest and concern from members of the Kitchel-Lindquist Dunes Board. The dune preserve neighbors the marina.
“We would like to see the area be a lot more attractive than it is now,” said Lynne Kinkema, treasurer of the dunes board. “Whatever happens around this building and around this right of way concerns us a lot, and it has a profound effect on the preserve.”
The area that the building is slated to go is currently empty, but it has been used to place boats, boat racks and other items from the marina. Kinkema said she is concerned whether there would be anything stored around the storage building once it’s built.
The preliminary marina plans show a 30-foot setback between the edge of the building and property line. Kinkema didn’t want to see this become a dumping ground.
“It kind of turns it into a trash area," she said. "A lot of things can just end up sitting there."
Kinkema noted that, in the past, there’s been the unpleasant situation regarding dumpsters placed along the perimeter of the property. These dumpsters have been used for fish cleaning debris and other boater refuse.
“We have a lot of people who use those trails, and it is a terrible odor (from dumpsters),” Kinkema said. “It’s very fragrant — in not a good way.”
Marina owner Chris Lisowicz said that he’s heard the concerns and that there won’t be problems for dune enthusiasts.
“Aesthetically, what is back there right now is junky,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is make it better.”
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