On Monday, the Township Board took the first steps in the process to acquire the property by submitting a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund Land Acquisition Grant application to the state.
“The Grand Rapids Catholic Diocese decided to sell the parcel adjacent to Hofma,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “This additional land is supported by the (township’s) five-year recreation plan.”
According to the recreation plan, township officials should persist in seeking diversified natural experiences for residents due to continuing growth.
Township Trustee Howard Behm said the project would be a good piece of land for residents.
“I think it is a great location and it sits well with the existing (public) property,” he said. “I think it is a great thing to do.”
Behm noted that there are a number of options that could happen if the township is able to buy it.
“Whatever kind of field goes on it — or parking — I think it will be a huge asset,” he said.
The property is located at 15795 Ferris St., between 160th and 152nd avenues.
The total dollar amount on the state grant application is just shy of $370,000, with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund contributing $276,500 and the township funding $92,200 toward the project.
“We’ve used the existing assessed value of the parcel, along with possible closing costs, (to determine the grant),” Cargo said. “We’d pay the entire amount up-front and then they would reimburse us.”
The township would be notified in November or December if it wins the grant.
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