Towering proposal

If a Grand Rapids-based developer has his way, a new condominium project will soon be launched at Grand Haven's Wharf Marina.
Alex Doty
Jun 16, 2012


While no price tag has been put on the development, Jonathan Rooks, president of Parkland Properties of Michigan, is hoping to construct a seven-story, 81-foot-tall tower with 95 residential units at the waterfront marina site. It would replace the marina's boat storage warehouse, which would be relocated to another on-site location.

“The idea is to try and do the project, if you like it, starting in the fall of 2013,” Rooks said to the city's Planning Commission this week. “If this isn’t a project you want, we are content leaving the marina as-is.”

Rooks’ development company has been a part of numerous projects in West Michigan. This includes the Boardwalk and Union Square condominiums in Grand Rapids.

“We think it would be a catalyst for development across the road and across the river,” Rooks said. “We’re just trying to figure out if this is an exciting project for the city and desirable for the neighbors.”

Rooks noted that while the proposed height of the building is 81 feet, the designs and other aspects of the project are all up in the air. He said he could eliminate the seventh-floor club level and the building could end up at 66 feet.

City Planner Kristin Turkelson said Rooks' next step is to prepare a preliminary development plan. This plan would include items such as traffic impact to the area and a market needs study.

Rooks said there are people already interested in purchasing a condo in the planned tower.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.




Really another condo????? This Rooks guy must be a real moron to think of building another condo prodject in Grand Haven. We have how many mostly vacant new condo's now?And the cities trying to burden US taxpayers with there "F" up at Grand Landing.......Go ahead Jonathan and line the cities pockets with your dirty money to get the approval to build your condo and have it go 3/4's empty like the rest of them already built. If the city council even considers your plans there as dumb as you.......oh wait they just want your money to line there no brained pockets. You can bet on me being at every meeting, and being the first to start a petition to shut you down on your worthless intentions. If you had half a brain, you'd buy a piece of the Grand Landing property and put up a nice hotel to turn some revenue that the city and other businesses needs.


I moved here because of how beautiful it is! Not to see condos everywhere! There are TONS of empty condos. And honestly being a tourist town i wouldn't want to come here ever if thats what the views are going to be.. I SAY NO!! DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN!!!


More empty condos! That's what is needed here! NOT! As poor as this economy is, we sure a heck do not need a project like this one after the fiasco at Grand Landing. Take your project to some other tourist trap, we don't want it here. Seven Stories??? There is nothing in the city that tall, why would anyone in their right mind consider it? M-O-N-E-Y that's why. Council will consider this project looking at the prospective revenue, period. Bottom line. Mr. Rooks is a business man, "people are already interested" - roflmbo. Then let them buy what is already built and sitting empty for years. Just say NO to Grand Haven Condoville, USA. This plan is NO GOOD for GH, sorry. Go back to GR.


The title of the Tribune article gives concern why not to embrace the condo proposal. Towering Proposal. Seven stories tall...... overwhelming for the location. I love Grand Haven for the quaintness of the town. This project does not look quaint, it is tall and glass. Tall buildings belong in big cities. Lets do the basic math of 81 ft tall with seven floors. 11.5 feet per floor. Not much room for HVAC, plumbing, ceiling and floor acoustic materials between floors. Bigger is not necessarily better.
I value my slip at Grand Haven Yacht Club for the peacefulness of the location. Hope this doesn't change.


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