Kathy Veurink, owner of Gotta Have It Consignment, 13100 168th Ave. in Grand Haven Township, was forced to close her business last month due to circumstances associated with unresolved township building code violations.
Signs posted at the front of the business say it’s unfit for occupancy, and Veurink has until Jan. 31 to vacate.
At a civil court hearing on Monday, an agreement that would’ve allowed her to stay at the location wasn’t reached.
At the hearing, Veurink was offered a chance to accept what is known as a triple net lease. This makes the tenant responsible for paying the property tax, insurance and maintenance.
Veurink turned down the offer. She said she would still have had to bring the space up to code — something she couldn’t afford to do.
“Basically ... I decided to walk away from the deal,” she said.
Township officials said the main reason behind the closure was because the building was used for something other than its intended classification.
“This was an office building before, and they tried to turn it into a mercantile classification,” Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “It’d be like taking a factory and turning it into a day care.”
Because of the change of uses, there are certain improvements that need to be made to the building to bring it up to code, Cargo said. The biggest improvement needed was to install several handicap-accessible restrooms — something Veurink said she’d have to do herself and was too costly.
“I can’t make it up to code,” she said. “Either I pay $25,000 to $30,000 to bring it up to code, or I can’t open.”
Veurink said she made some improvements to adhere to the fire code, but there were other issues.
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