MAILBAG: Status of old Eagle Ottawa site

Alice of Grand Haven asked what's going on with the former Eagle Ottawa Leather Co. site on Grand Haven's east side.
Mark Brooky
Jun 26, 2012



Grand Haven City Planner Kristin Turkelson said the last "action" the city's Planning Commission took on the site was to request additional information from the applicant on his preliminary development plan. Commissioners said they want that before they would consider setting a public hearing on the request.

Could more details on what kind of development the new owner plans for the property be coming forward soon? Doesn't sound likely.

"I have not heard from the applicant regarding the status of the application since," Turkelson told us. "I assume they have decided to not move forward with the application given the redevelopment of the old Porenta's building. At this time, I am not aware of what plans, if any exist for the former Eagle-Ottawa property owner."

The man who bought the Eagle-Ottawa property also bought the former Porenta's Furniture store building on Third Street, next to the Tribune. That building is undergoing an extensive renovation.

The plant at 20 N. Beechtree St. closed in 2007 after more than a century of tanning hides.

To read the latest Tribune story on the Eagle-Ottawa site, click here.

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So if the owner of the Eagle Ottawa site also owns the building right next door to the Tribune, why don't you walk next door and see if you can find him? Then you get a real answer...

Mark Brooky

Thanks, Wally. Your comment is on the mark. However, the man who owns both properties has been difficult to contact — and, when we have contacted him in the past, he has declined to talk to the Tribune for stories.


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