Township to buy land

The Township Board has approved the purchase of a parcel that could someday become home to a new fire barn and township hall.
Marie Havenga
Jun 13, 2012

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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Comments

Soloman

Wow!
The township is paying $390K when the combined SEV of both properties is only $116.2K?
Must be nice to spend someone else's money

NoWay

Does anyone know what the house on the corner was listed for? Seems like a more than generous offer!!!

43°North

That house does have a new roof! Sounds like they got a steal.

newspaperlawyer

They purchased the land for a new fire station/ Twp hall. Oh boy... they have station not more then 2 miles east... and had one across the street from the police department... where the present twp hall is... So if the village stays in place or becomes a city now due to the recent events... why would we build a new station and twp hall on the east village limits.... Sounds like a waste of money... But the Twp treasure is on the fire department... start watching that budget.

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