Keep the grand plans rolling

As the old saying goes, time is money — and that holds true as it pertains to the planned development of Grand Landing.
Aug 13, 2013

What was once considered to be a can’t-miss business venture, Grand Landing fell victim to challenging economic times and unfulfilled dreams.

With the economy now on the mend, a renewed hope lies ahead for development on Grand Haven’s north side.

The city's Planning Commission gave the developers the OK to have a public hearing on Aug. 13 to begin the second phase of the new plan for the site. We understand the need for the Planning Commission to protect the best interest of the community, and this sounds like promising progress, but it’s time for real action. 

We encourage planning officials to move forward in a deliberate and productive manner that will allow the developer to proceed.

Developer Chris Piwowarczyk feels that the plan they have in place keeps in the spirit of the original development, and is motivated to have three buildings under construction before the first frost.

We applaud the enthusiasm and welcome the economic development to our city’s north end. As with most worthwhile projects, there will be bumps in the road. 

We’re hopeful that those issues are resolved promptly and amicably while keeping our eye on the calendar. 

After all, time is money.

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Comments

beachguy

You're kidding...right? The Planning Commission absolutely needs to protect the community. NO additional tax breaks/incentives of any king to the developer. What has been the true cost to the community? What about the first phase? After sitting for so long there are bound to be ongoing issues with the current structures that need attention. How about leasing and selling the first phase commercial and residential? Businesses have been there and are now gone. At least we have a new coffee shop in what was the parking lot. Good luck.

davewali

What ARE the GRAND plans? More empty condos? More fast food restaurants?
IF you want to attract more people, how about inviting some restaurants that aren't available locally?
TGI Fridays,Outback, Chilis, Olive Garden come to mind.
We DON'T need more fast food, we need sit-down casual dining restaurants. Places the locals can go for a reasonably inexpensive date night, and that the tourists know from home. We like Applebees, but more options of the same price range would be nice.

GHJames

Agreed.

BTL2A

Who goes on vacation and eats at places they can eat at in their hometown?

Citizen

A lot of people, unfortunately (not that it should matter to me where they eat). If you're in West Michigan on vacation, you've got to try the local cuisine at Russ'!

Say no to new taxes

Why no mention of the HUNDREDS of apartments they want to build on the site?

Michael Johnson

If anything actually ever happens, how about some restaurants and stores that you can't find ten minutes north or fifteen minutes south? Sick of chain big-box restaurants. Either give us some chains that West Michigan doesn't already have or give us some cuisines and experiences that Grand Haven could use. But knowing how things go around here, people are probably drooling to have their own Golden Corral. Sigh.

Citizen

As far as chains are concerned, I think a hibachi / sushi place would see (seasonal) success!

H M

I would love that! I wish we had ethnic food here besides Mexican. I'd kill for a Chicken Schwarma-

Highlander

Developers don't care about the community , nor the impact of their "feelings" on the community. In fact, they most likely don't even care if the businesses fit or prosper. The developers do not concern themselves with the impact that 205 apartments would have on schools. The community better get interested in how more apartments and their lack of property taxes would affect our schools.

The only desire that developers have is profit and what's in it for them. Frankly,the community better ask some tougher questions and realize that talk is cheap.

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