Village goes after land near park again

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:27 AM

On Friday, Village Council will submit a $99,000 grant request to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund toward acquisition of the property, which is located at the southeast corner of Exchange and School streets. Local resident Bill Wipperfurth currently owns it.

Village Council has approved a $26,000 match.

Village President Jim MacLachlan said if the grant were approved, village representatives would still need to negotiate a selling price with the owner after a professional appraisal.

“It's kind of a juggling act,” MacLachlan said. “You have three parties involved — the grantor, the local community and the seller.”

Council has traveled this path before. In December 2010, the DNR Trust Fund Board approved a $330,000 grant for the village that could have been used toward the purchase of the Mill Point property and eight other parcels. The other properties would have been included in the second phase of the Grand River Greenway, which was scheduled to extend from Division Avenue east to Leonard Road in Spring Lake Township.

At that time, the Wipperfurth parcel was appraised at $129,000. But, after neighbors voiced concern about the routing for the nonmotorized path, Village Council decided to drop plans for phase 2 of the Greenway project.

State officials will announce Trust Fund grant awards in December, with funding to follow in 2013.

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