The board voted 6-0 Monday to purchase two parcels at the northeast corner of Fruitport Road and M-104 for $390,000. The 2.5 acres extend east to the Burger King property line.
Spring Lake Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said the board considered the property “strategically important” to the community. He wouldn't project any plans for it; he said that would be explored in the next 12-18 months.
“I think the board sees this as a long-term strategic opportunity for the broad community as a whole,” Gallagher said. “There is a lot of opportunity with a parcel like that. It's a gateway to the community.”
Township Supervisor John Nash has said in the past he considers that corner an ideal spot for a new township fire station/township hall combination. Although he said nothing is set in stone, Nash on Tuesday reiterated that idea.
“If the township stays the way it is and the village stays the way it is, we're going to need both a new fire barn and new township hall,” Nash said. “Combining them would make sense economically.”
Nash said the location would be ideal for fire calls.
“The Fire Department goes through location determinations,” the supervisor said. “They look at where the population areas are, where they can get out into traffic. ... The bottom line is the board felt it was an opportunity to get an ideal location and we didn't want to pass it up.”
Gallagher said the township will close on the property in about 30 days.
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