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.
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