The Spring Lake Township Board has accepted a $40,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant project agreement that will assist with the purchase of 3.3 acres along the Grand River, on the south side of Leonard Street.
The land, known as the Pellegrom property, is directly across the street from the River Run subdivision gazebo.
The township will pay $21,500 toward the purchase of the property.
By law, the land must remain in the public realm into perpetuity. By accepting the grant, the township will not be able to sell the parcel in the future.
Gallagher said there are no plans for improving the property, but that preserving waterfront views is an important community element.
“To keep that land in the public hands for generations to come is a great opportunity,” he said. “It's great to be able to preserve these view areas along the Grand River.”
Gallagher noted that waterfront parcels are popular building sites. He said township residents are fortunate that the Pellegrom family was willing to work out an agreement to sell it to the township.
The township must first obtain an appraisal and finalize documents before closing on the deal. Gallagher said he anticipates the closing will take place within 60 days.
This is the second piece of land the township has acquired along that stretch of the river in recent years. The township already owns the former Glafke waterfront property, just south of the Lloyd's Bayou Bridge on Leonard Street.
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