This came several months after they initially said “no” to a plan by developers that would have brought apartments, retail and restaurant space to the undeveloped portion of the property.
While everyone is excited about the potential for renewed interest out at the site, not everyone on the Planning Commission was as enthusiastic about the scale of what was being proposed, and how it would reflect on the city if it were built.
Given the high visibility of this development, it makes sense to want to take extra care when determining what goes there, as this is a decision that will have a long-lasting effect on the site.
Step forward in time several weeks, and property developers have again unveiled plans for the site. Tweaked from their original scope, the number of apartment units has been lowered, and there is more open space for the community with the possibility of a kayak launch.
These changes were answers to just some of the concerns listed by Planning Commissioners the first time around.
Given the importance this development has to the whole community, we applaud the fact that it seems like both developers and Planning Commissioners are working together to find a solution to make everyone happy.
This is the northern gateway to Grand Haven; the first thing that visitors see as they cross the bridge leading into town. Whatever is put at this site should be a positive reflection of the town and something we can live with for many years to come.
And while developers continue to work with city planners to come up with a solution, we’d encourage developers to continue to seek ways to finish out the first phase of the development.
While it’s nice to see a new coffee shop and real estate firm open in some of the vacant space, it’d be nice to see all of the empty storefronts filled with businesses prior to the start of new construction.
Hopefully, between getting the first phase leased out and setting the stage for a second phase, a successful Grand Landing development can finally come to fruition.
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